by Johanne Adam
University of Ottawa Chief Archivist Michel Prévost will play a key role in selecting the monument dedicated to Franco-Ontarians that will be erected in the gardens of Queen’s Park, Toronto, in 2018.
Michel Prévost was named a member of the monument’s advisory board to provide his expert opinion on issues involving Franco-Ontarians and their heritage, given that the project will need to meet several historical and heritage criteria.
“This commemorative piece will not be just a statue, but a monument with landscaping around it,” said Prévost.
“It will be erected on the lawn of Queen’s Park, near the main entrance, at the corner of University and College, one of the most prestigious sites in Toronto. It’s a very strategic location, and I never dreamed that the monument would be set up in such a spot,” he added.
According to Prévost, creativity and innovation will also be deciding factors in selecting the monument. “The Government wants it to reflect the history and heritage of Franco-Ontarians, but also with an eye to the future.”
Last February, Ontario Minister for Francophone Affairs Marie-France Lalonde officially announced the $900,000 monument project.
The advisory board, of which Prévost is a member, will first meet on March 24. The official ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for the fall of 2017 and the monument is expected to be unveiled in early 2018.
March is Mois de la francophonie at the University of Ottawa. To find out what’s happening on campus, check the calendar of activities.