Queen's University officially drops John A. Macdonald's name from law building

QUEEN'S

A board of trustees has approved Queen's University's decision to remove the name of Sir John A. Macdonald from its law school building.    

The move marks the end of a months-long process that began after a petition to change the name gathered support.    

Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada, but also played a key role in setting up the residential school system that ripped Indigenous children from their families in a systematic process of forced assimilation.    

Queen's principal Patrick Deane says the move supports the school's commitment to address systemic racism.    

The university says more than 3,000 people participated in a consultation process about the building's name.    

It says it is committed to honouring the calls to action from the country's 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission that showed the systemic racism faced by Canada's Indigenous people.