A New Name for the Monument

We’re now calling our flagship project the “2SLGBTQI+ National Monument.” The LGBT Purge Fund is embracing this more inclusive name following calls from our community and because of the importance of recognizing – and leading with – Two-Spirit experience.

We recognize that our acronym is always changing and may never be perfect. We also understand that shifting letters is no substitute for meaningful inclusion and the hard work of reconciliation. And still, this change speaks to our values and approach, and is the right move for the Fund at this time.

The Class Action Winds Up

On November 23, 2021, lawyers representing the LGBT Purge class members appeared in the Federal Court of Canada to obtain an order to wind up the class action. That order was granted on January 7, 2021 by Justice St-Louis.

Justice St. Louis ordered that the administration of the individual compensation claims process was terminated and that the Claims Administrator, Deloitte LLP, and the Claims Assessors, the Honourable Justice Marie Deschamps and Dr. Brunet, were discharged from their duties. In addition, the duties of Cambridge LLP, Koskie Minsky, McKiggan Hebert and IMK Advocates and the Representative Plaintiffs, Martine Roy, Todd Ross and Alida Satalic, were suspended in respect to the class action and its settlement and administration. Their job is done.

Now that the class action proceeding has concluded, class action members may still want to receive updates about LGBT Purge Fund projects. Periodic updates will be posted online and members are invited to sign up for the newsletter via the LGBT Purge Fund’s website homepage.

The work of the LGBT Purge Fund is ongoing. On January 7, 2022, Justice St-Louis also made an order approving the Third Supplementary Agreement, which extends the lifespan of the LGBT Purge Fund to June 30, 2027.

The LGBT Purge Fund is a not-for-profit corporation that was set up to manage a portion of the funds that emerged from the class action settlement. We have a legal mandate to implement four main projects that focus on reconciliation and memorialization:

  • Create a national monument to discrimination against LGBTQ2+ people in Canada including the LGBT Purge;
  • Support the development of a museum exhibition by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, based in Winnipeg;
  • Address the collection, preservation and accessibility of historical records related to the LGBT Purge; and
  • Work with the Canadian government to enhance inclusion in the federal public service and to improve existing training on LGBTQ2+ inclusion.

You can learn more about these projects here.

We would like to recognize the leadership shown by the Representative Plaintiffs, Todd, Martine and Alida. Without their courage this settlement would not have been possible. We also hope that all class members will continue to connect with other survivors and raise the awareness about the LGBT Purge. Our work continues.