Many residents were surprised at this choice of street name. Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin supported Métis but gave priority to white people. This man was a Roman Catholic priest and helped the community in the construction of residential schools.
This person has many ambiguous biographical moments in his life. A lot of statements of the priest can be interpreted as racism. The priority of one nation over another is unacceptable.
Grandin was one of those people who led the construction of residential schools. Today, these institutions are associated with cultural genocide. Councilor Brian Mayes believes that all activities of Grandin must be committed to publicity and study. "I'm sure we should not forget the mistakes of the past and avoid them."
Blogger Kelly Dale Edwards conducted his independent investigation to better study the historical figure of the priest. "A huge number of buildings, districts and centers bear his name," he said.
Edwards noted that many know Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin as a patron and reformer of the school system, but no one knows the whole truth. About 20,000 Indigenous children died in those schools.
Blogger is hoping that such information could be made public. Grandin had its own goals for the development of education, which were based on a subjective vision of the world. Brian Mayes stated that many residents should know the history and assess the priest's actions objectively. "He is far from being a holy man." People should know that the mistakes of the past cannot be repeated," Mayes said.