City seeks Sir John A. Macdonald Legacy and History in Kingston Working Group members

December 8, 2020

The City of Kingston is seeking a diverse group of representatives to sit on the Working Group that will address how the complex history and legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald is shared in Kingston.

Interested? Apply to serve on the Sir John A. Macdonald, History and Legacy in Kingston Working Group from Dec. 8 until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at

The Working Group will be made up of six Kingston residents, three of whom will be selected by the Indigenous community, while three will be selected by the City through this recruitment process. Additionally, invitations are being extended to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and the Alderville First Nation to each appoint one individual to participate in the Working Group.

The Working Group will consider the history and legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston and work to build consensus as it develops interpretive text that can be shared on the City’s website and through interpretive panels at local landmarks managed by the City.

The Working Group will support the City’s efforts to take meaningful steps to address issues of systemic racism, and the negative impacts of colonial policies and practices, in histories shared about Kingston and the lands on which it sits.

On Oct. 20, Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Working Group (see Exhibit B in Report Number 20-227), which will be responsible for developing the interpretive text that will address the history and legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston. The Working Group will be supported by the First Peoples Group, which also helped facilitate the Sir John A. 360° public engagement. The formation of this Working Group was one of the recommended outcomes of that consultation.