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Local Indigenous veteran 'brought to tears' after desecration of Aboriginal War Monument

"We need to remind ourselves that these are sacred spaces that we should not desecrate," said local veteran Tim O'Loan, who has increased his efforts to clean up the monuments.
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National War Memorial in Ottawa, October 23, 2020. (Photo/CityNews)

The city's monuments were among the collateral damage of a weekend overtaken by protesters of a truck convoy whose main objective has been to demonstrate against Canada's COVID-19 public health mandates.

Local veteran Tim O'Loan who is member of Aboriginal Veterans Association and First Nations Veterans Council says he was sickened to hear that protesters desecrated the monuments, which included urinating on the monuments.

He said one of the things that were most concerning was those that were paying no mind to what was happening.

"What was particularly horrifying for me was other people just stood and watched -- those who did nothing are complicit as well."

He said demonstrators were sitting around and on the monuments when he went there yesterday.

O'Loan hopes that the memorial sites can be treated with respect. "We need to remind ourselves that these are sacred spaces that we should not desecrate," he said. "Let's just bring back the level of humanity and empathy and respect that those spaces deserve."

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