What’s in a name? Canadians debate the memorialization of historic figures

Calls to have controversial figures stripped off buildings or monuments have grown in strength recently, and university campuses haven’t gone unscathed. Today, the Indigenous peoples of Canada still challenge the glorification of historical figures who once condemned their cultures and their ancestors. This manifests itself through the multitude of post-secondary institutions, buildings, monuments, and streets that memorialize public figures who were involved in the systematic genocide of Indigenous identity, heritage and population. Recently, a debate has sparked about the renaming and removal of these memorials and the repercussions that surround it. Bruce Elliott, a history professor at Carleton who specializes in 18th and 19th century history, points out that a lot of monuments and buildings were actually erected by white […]

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Greek community raises money for Arif Merani

A bottle drive with proceeds dedicated to Arif Merani was held during the Greek Olympics Oct. 18 to 21. Merani was a Carleton student and member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity who died after being hit by a vehicle Oct. 14. The Greek Olympics is an annual competition between Carleton’s fraternities and sororities. They compete to raise money for a charity the Greek community selects each year, Greek social council president Alex Sirois said. “Each organization has banded together through these hard times to give support to one another as well as raise money for the Merani family,” Sirois said. “With the sad news of Arif’s passing, the Greek community came together and decided to donate the bottle drive money […]

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