Take that, John A. Macdonald.
A Mi’kmaw-owned pizza shop in Nova Scotia recently announced on Facebook that it will no longer accept $10 bills bearing the image of Canada’s first prime minister, after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children at now-closed residential schools.
“As of today, July 1, BellyBusters will no longer accept any $10 bills with John A. Macdonald on them. Like and share for a chance at 1 of 3 $50 prizes,” wrote owner Paul MacDonald.
The next day MacDonald, the owner of Pelly Busters Pizza and Donair on the Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton Island, clarified it’s up to his staff to decide if they would accept the bills bearing Macdonald’s image.
Macdonald authorized the creation of residential schools for Indigenous people.
MacDonald, who is also a Membertou band councillor, told CBC his mother was forced to go to the residential school in Shubenacadie, N.S., and spoke about the abuse before her 2004 death.
“We need to put better people on the bills, positive people,” he told the public broadcaster, citing role models like Terry Fox.
“Moving forward, we can’t erase history, but we can definitely come up with a better future than a nightmare.
The Bank of Canada last featured Macdonald on 2013 and 2017 bills and unveiled a new $10, featuring Nova Scotian social justice icon Viola Desmond, in 2018.