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Law Society of B.C. to remove statue as an important step toward reconciliation

The Law Society of British Columbia says it will remove a statue from its lobby that has been identified as a negative symbol of the province’s colonial past.

The society says it will replace the statue of Justice Matthew Baillie Begbie with a more unifying and inclusive symbol.

It says its Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee and members of the Indigenous community had recommended the statue’s removal due to Begbie’s role in the hanging of six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs.

Law Society President Herman Van Ommen says the move is an important step in the journey toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia.

(With files from The Canadian Press) 

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