Frank Oliver, whose name was lent to an Edmonton neighbourhood, had a history of drafting legislation to push Indigenous people off traditional land.
From City Museum Edmonton: Frank Oliver and Infantile Edmonton -- https://citymuseumedmonton.ca/2015/11/02/frank-oliver/ (Provincial Archives of Alberta via citymuseumedmonton.ca) A rally set for Saturday to protest the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., will also demand the removal of a downtown Edmonton namesake — something an Edmonton-area First Nation has been calling for for years.
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Part of the event will focus on Frank Oliver, a 1900s-era Edmonton MP whose policies were instrumental in pushing Indigenous people off their traditional lands in the Edmonton area.
The rally, called "End Racism in Canada: A Response to Charlottesville," will take place at the Alberta legislature — just blocks from the Oliver neighbourhood and from the plaque and pedway named after Oliver in the Hotel Macdonald courtyard.
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