The statues were demolished on the occasion of Canada Day, a national holiday celebrated on July 1st. As reported by the Bbc, thousands of people took to the streets in Winnipeg to honor the victims of residential schools and to support indigenous communities. Many of them wore an orange T-shirt, the symbolic color of the children who from the 19th century until the 1990s were forced to attend state-funded schools in a campaign that aimed to forcibly assimilate them to the customs and traditions of Canadian society.
The statue of Queen Victoria – A group of protesters then covered the statue of Queen Victoria with red footprints – considered a symbol of British colonialism – and then demolished it. Nearby, however, they left a banner that reads: “We were children”.