The building that houses PM Justin Trudeau’s office is under fire from Indigenous communities over its controversial name.
Langevin Block was named after Hector-Louis Langevin, a contributor to the Constitution and a figure known for supporting the residential school system that terrorized Indigenous youth for decades.
Perry Bellegarde, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, started the push for a less offensive name through a letter obtained by the Canadian Press. Since then, Indigenous MPs and other government groups have joined the fight.
NDP MP Romeo Saganash and independent Hunter Tootoo, along with the Liberal Indigenous caucus, have come out in support of Bellegarde.
— NDP HoC – NPD CdC (@NDPHoC_NPDCdC) February 16, 2017
More Canadians have come out in support on social media:
Rename the Langevin Block, sure. But don’t name the PMO’s office building after Louis Riel, an Indigenous leader executed by that office.
— Adam Gaudry (@adamgaudry) February 16, 2017
@globalnews Langevin Block needs to be renamed to reflect what Canada is about.
— Peter Haddow (@peatmoss58) February 16, 2017
In an era of reconciliation, removing commemoration of genocide seems only fair.