Protesters damage statues – level 2

08-07-2021 07:00

Protesters in Manitoba, Canada, pulled down the statue of two British queens. For them, Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II represented Canada´s colonial history.

Recently, people discovered graves at residential schools. Indigenous children had to go to residential schools in the 19th and 20th centuries. The idea was to make them a part of Canadian society.

More than 150,000 children went to these schools, and they lived in very bad conditions. Reports say that more than 6,000 children died there.

July 1 is Canada Day when people celebrate the founding by British colonies in 1867. This year, officials in many places canceled the celebrations, and protesters damaged statues of people who were part of the colonial history.

Difficult words: colonial (something that relates to colonies, countries, or areas which are under control by another country), grave (a hole in the ground where people put someone who died), indigenous (someone who belongs to the country where he lives, and he lived there before other people).

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