uOttawa to help select Queen’s Park monument honouring Franco-Ontarians

Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The monument dedicated to Franco-Ontarians will be erected next year in the gardens of Queen’s Park in Toronto. Photo: Office of Francophone Affairs.

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.

uOttawa chief archivist Michel Prévost with Carol Jolin (centre), president of l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario, and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, in February 2017, at the unveiling of the Queen’s Park site of the future monument dedicated to Franco-Ontarians

March is Mois de la francophonie at the University of Ottawa. To find out what’s happening on campus, check the calendar of activities.

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