Participation of LGBT Purge survivors and Canada’s diverse LGBTQ2+ communities is fundamental to the creation of the LGBTQ2+ National Monument. A collaborative engagement process has been developed to ensure that these voices and others are involved in defining a vision for the monument and its educational programming.
The vision statement that emerges from this process will provide the foundation for the request for proposals issued by Heritage Canada in 2020. Design firms will respond to this shared vision in their design proposals. It will therefore have a lasting impact on the landscape of the National Capital Region and on the hearts and minds of those who visit the LGBTQ2+ National Monument.
The vision statement will be developed through a multi-phase engagement process in the autumn of 2019. The process will include:
- a Monument Advisory Committee comprising approximately twelve LGBT Purge survivors, community leaders, advocates, artists, historians and design professionals who will work closely with the LGBT Purge Fund Board to draft a first vision statement;
- small discussion groups composed of LGBT Purge survivors, community leaders, advocates, artists, historians and design professionals who will review and refine the draft vision statement, and;
- E-survey participants from a wider community of LGBTQ2+ individuals and organizations who will be asked to provide feedback on a refined vision statement.
To ensure this process is broad and inclusive, the LGBT Purge Fund is also commissioning provocation documents from critical voices. These diverse perspectives will open up debates around the LGBT Purge, LGBTQ2+ history and/or its monumentalization. They will be shared with all participants and are available here. In parallel with the phases above, the LGBT Purge Fund is seeking meaningful, ongoing input and expertise from Indigenous people and groups from across Canada. Leaders from the Algonquin First Nations of Kitigan Zibi and Pikwàkanagàn will be engaged early in the process. The engagement process will also include an Indigenous Circle: ongoing discussions and meetings with a group of 2- Spirit Indigenous, Métis and Inuit people who will learn about, review and make suggestions for the emerging vision. In addition, as hosts of the land, Algonquin Nations will be asked to reflect on the location of the monument.
Stakeholders have been selected for each phase to ensure the process and its participants are representative of our vast country and our diverse communities.
All stakeholders and the general public will be invited to provide input on the final designs once they are presented in the future. Heritage Canada will solicit feedback on its website and through public open houses in Ottawa. This may happen in late 2020 or early 2021.