Wednesday , 21 October 2020
A shot of the Frog Lake Memorial on Wednesday morning, which was vandalized.

Frog Lake Memorial vandalized

No information is yet available about the person or persons who spray painted an anti-police obscenity around the base of the Frog Lake Memorial sometime this week.

The graffiti reads “Land back” “All cops are c***s” and “f*** colonizers.” A large red circle with an ‘A’ inside it was also spray painted on the memorial.

“I don’t condone the action at all as vandalism is a crime,” said Frog Lake First Nation Chief Greg Desjarlais.

“Somebody’s trying to get attention, somebody didn’t get their way. Somebody’s upset with somebody, you know, it can be a series of different things,” he said.

The memorial is a national historic site which marks the location of the 1885 uprising that claimed the lives of nine settlers and resulted in the largest public execution in Canadian history. Eight First Nations men were tried without access to legal counsel and subsequently hanged.

There is no timeline currently when vandals tagged the Frog Lake Memorial.

Sgt. Dave Henry of the Elk Point RCMP called the vandalism “very disheartening.”

“This past year we have worked closely with Chief and Council to build a better working relationship. It has come a long way but obviously we have a ways to go,” said Henry.

He said it’s an example of “bad people doing bad things.”

“The good ones know that we’re there to support and protect. I just don’t want American style anarchy to come to Canada. We are better than that and we’re better than the destruction that that brings,” said Henry.

Calls and e-mails to the province and Parks Canada were not returned before press time.

Written by Meredith Kerr, with files by Michael Menzies and Chris Lapointe.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.

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