The morning after the election, the city of Montreal announced that its municipal building plan would be overhauled to allow for more suburbanization, with a plan to have 10% of buildings built on the site of residential schools.
This was not welcomed by the families of the victims of residential school, who argued that this would make it impossible to have a safe and humane environment for their children.
In response, the municipal government decided to focus on the building of new residential schools, and the demolition of the existing ones.
This plan was put on hold until 2018, after which the government will reconfigure the city’s plan, and then begin work on a new plan.
The plan includes an “interim” program to build new schools, as well as a plan for the demolition and rebuilding of the schools.
“We’re going to do everything we can to create a safer environment,” Mayor Denis Coderre told reporters in Montreal.
“There’s a need for the community to be aware of what’s happening and to make sure it’s done in a way that’s safe for the children, for the city, for us.”
The city will demolish two residential schools in 2017, but will also start the process of building a third.
The first, which has been vacant for decades, will be demolished in 2021.
The second will be opened in 2022.
The city’s proposal was criticized by the victims’ families, who claimed that the city was neglecting their children by not doing enough to address the effects of residential schooling.
The parents of three of the survivors, who were students in a residential school and later moved to Ottawa to work, are now pushing for a public inquiry into residential school abuse.
“They’re going in with a lot of guns and ammunition,” their daughter-in-law, Anne Dévallier, told VICE Canada.
“They don’t know what they’re doing, they don’t care what they are doing.
They just want to tear down this place.
It’s just not right.”
Montreal Mayor Denis Déviallier speaks to journalists after a press conference to announce plans for new residential school sites.
In November, a petition was started on Change.org, which calls for the building and demolition of all residential schools by 2025.
For the past decade, Montreal has seen a steady rise in attacks against women and girls.
In September 2016, a man was found guilty of murdering a teenage girl at her school.
He was sentenced to three years in prison.
And in February 2018, police said a woman was stabbed to death in her home, which was then destroyed by arson.
In the case of the school murders, police allege that the two men who were arrested are part of a group of three individuals who have allegedly stolen property, murdered young girls and burned down homes to build the schools, in what has been described as a “grievous act of terror.”
In the meantime, Montreal is under pressure to ensure that there are no more residential schools left.
“It’s been a terrible year for Montreal,” said Montreal’s Mayor.
“It’s time for us to get this right.”