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A Mohawk man wants the Bank of Montréal and the City of Montréal to address a plaque attached to the bank’s headquarters downtown that was written in honour of the city’s founder Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve.
The plaque reads:
Michael Rice, who has a degree in history, told APTN that aside from being in bad taste, the plaque is historically inaccurate.
As the story goes, De Maisonneuve killed an Iroquois Chief using his pistol – not his own hands.
De Maisoneuve was the only witness to the event.
Rice said it’s a classic case of history being written by the victors.
“They make it sound like they’re just gold fish waiting to be killed. and Aboriginal, Haudenosaunee people are much more resilient than a goldfish or sheep waiting to be slaughtered,” said Rice. “We can give as good as we can get too.”
The building was built by the Royal Trust Company in 1912 – BMO has owned the property, what is now a heritage building, since 1983.
It’s not clear when the plaque was installed.
BMO declined to be interviewed for this story – but said in an email that it has filed a request to the province of Québec to have the plaque changed.
“I don’t think taking these things down would take justice to history. I think these are teaching moments,” said Rice.
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