Murals with topless Indian women to be covered
Last updated October 23, 2007 8:42 a.m. PT
Murals with topless Indian women to be covered in B.C. Capitol
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
VICTORIA, British Columbia -- A British Columbia legislative committee has
decided to make a coverup permanent.
Twice this month, blue curtains have been placed in front of frescoes which
show bare-breasted Indian women in colonial times.
Once was for a ceremony in the rotunda to welcome British Columbia's first
aboriginal lieutenant governor. The other was last week when a landmark
treaty was introduced.
Then the curtains were taken down and the murals painted in the 1930s were
on display again.
Now, Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong says a committee has
decided to keep the murals covered if they can't be removed intact. He says
covering them only for certain ceremonies sends an inconsistent message.