The Department of Canadian Heritage invites Canadians from across the country to contribute to the building of their nation’s capital by sponsoring commemorations of Canadian ideas, people and events that are of national symbolic importance. Tribute to Liberty, a not-for-profit organization, is sponsoring a project to build a monument titled Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge.
This monument will honour the millions worldwide who suffered or perished under totalitarian communist regimes and celebrate Canada’s international role as a place of refuge for people fleeing injustice, persecution and oppression. It is estimated that more than 8 million Canadians can trace their origins to countries that suffered under totalitarian communist regimes.
Over the past year, many Canadians expressed concerns over the location of the Memorial, which was to be situated on a large site next to the Supreme Court of Canada. As a result, the Minister of Canadian Heritage has requested that a smaller site in downtown Ottawa that is between 200 and 500 square metres be considered for the Memorial.
In that light, Canadian Heritage will be launching a national competition to develop a new design for the Memorial, one that is reflective of the new site. Your perspective and suggestions, based on the responses you provide to the questions below will help to inform the design competition guidelines. Participation in this survey is voluntary. The anonymity of respondents will be respected and all responses will be kept strictly confidential. To this end, please avoid directly identifying yourself or your organization in any typed answers. All information collected will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act of Canada.