What is the LGBT purge fund?
The LGBT Fund is a not-for-profit corporation that was established in Canada in October 2018 to manage a $15 – 25 million fund. The money for this fund was provided from the settlement of a class action lawsuit between the Government of Canada and members of the LGBT community who were employed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian federal public service and the Canadian Armed Forces.
According to the terms described in the Final Settlement Agreement, the LGBT Purge Fund is mandated to implement the following four main projects:
- Support the curation of a core and/or traveling museum exhibition by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR);
- Create a National Monument in the National Capital Region;
- Appoint a non-governmental organization subject-matter expert and work with the LGBTQ2 Secretariat regarding ways to enhance LGBTQ2 inclusion in the Federal workplace and on ways to improve existing training on LGBTQ2 inclusion in the workplace;
- Address the collection, preservation and accessibility of historical records and determine which options that the LGBT Purge Fund will pursue to deliver on this. Create a committee of experts which will work, under the direction of the RMMP, to better ensure that any memorialization projects authorized by the RMMP will tell the story of the LGBT Purge fully and fairly based on official records of the purge.
The LGBT Purge Fund is mandated to review and determine the allocation of funds for all projects. The mandate and responsibilities of the LGBT Purge Fund are established by Court Order.
We are responsible for the proper administration and good governance of these funds in accordance with good practices and respecting the terms of the Final Settlement Agreement.
According to the Final Settlement Agreement, all monies allocated to the LGBT Purge Fund, including investment income, shall be exhausted and the organization shall be wound up by December 31, 2021. This deadline may be extended on the written consent of the Parties.
Beginning in the 1950s, thousands of LGBT workers in the Canadian Military and Civil Service were targeted, investigated and had their careers and lives ruined by the LGBT Purge.
Who we are
The LGBT Purge Fund is not-for-profit corporation. The LGBT Fund was initially known in the Final Settlement Agreement as the “Reconciliation and Memorialization Measures Panel” (RMMP). The RMMP no longer exists but is, instead, now known as the LGBT Purge Fund. There are six directors of the LGBT Purge Fund.
The directors are:
Martine Roy, Todd Ross, Diane Pitre, Wayne Davis, Douglas Elliott and Linda Goguen-Manning.
The Executive Director is: