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Have your say on the Memorial to the Victims of Communism; survey closes February 16


February 7, 2016
by Elsa Lam

The Garden of the Provinces and Territories is the proposed new site for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

The Garden of the Provinces and Territories is the proposed new site for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

On December 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced that it would launch a consultation process to review design considerations for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and seek approval from the National Capital Commission (NCC) Board to build the monument at the Garden of the Provinces and Territories in Ottawa.

The Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge will honour and recognize Canada’s international role as a place of refuge for people fleeing injustice and persecution and honour the millions who suffered under communist regimes.

The consultation process follows the cancellation of site approvals to construct a version the Memorial on a contested site adjacent the Supreme Court of Canada.

“Our national monuments should play a key role in reflecting the character, identity, history and values of Canadians.  The Government of Canada is seeking your input on how we can make this new national memorial resonate with us all,” writes Canadian Heritage on its webpage.

“Should it be a place of learning or reflection? Stately or intimate? What about design? Your feedback will be shared with the design teams competing for the project so they can take these ideas into consideration when developing their submissions.”

All are invited to provide input by filling out the survey at this link. The survey will run February 2 – 16, 2016.

After the consultations, project milestones will be finalized and a design competition will be re-launched. A short list of designs will be posted online for public comments.

For more information, visit canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1443025436163/1443025436165#a3



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1 Comment » for Have your say on the Memorial to the Victims of Communism; survey closes February 16
  1. Chris Wallace says:

    — This is a Canadian monument in Canada. Communism has unquestionably many victims, but how many Canadians in Canada?
    — If we’re going international, what about victims of the Taliban, al Queda, ISIS, not to mention victims of Pol Pot or Idi Amin? How about Armenia or the blacks in Alabama. Where do you stop? (The Holocaust is of course, in a category of its own). Is a memorial justified when it’s primarily white European victims.
    — Parliament Hill, the Capital of Canada, is a place to celebrate Canada and Canadians, and a place to remember our own.
    All in all, this is a very bad proposal, before we even start discussing scale and design.

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