I am proud to be a member of the federal National Monument Advisory Board which advises on aspects of the development, engagement and visioning process of the LGBTQ2+ National Monument to be located in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. The monument arises from the results of the LGBTQ Purge class action settlement with the Federal Government.
LGBT members of the RCMP, public service and Canadian Armed Forces were systemically discriminated against, harassed and often fired as a matter of policy and sanctioned practice. They were followed, interrogated and abused. This shameful period is known as the “LGBT purge” and it generally took place in Canada from the 1950’s to the mid-1990’s. The class action settlement with the federal government included funds for “reconciliation and memorialization measures”, including the construction of this national monument.
Five design teams have been shortlisted to develop proposals for this monument, which will be located in the National Capital Region at the intersection of Wellington Street and Portage Bridge.
We want to hear what you think! You can complete a short survey to give your input on how well the proposals address the Monument’s vision and specific challenges of this design competition.
You can read more, view the design proposals, and complete the short survey HERE.