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THE ONTARIO MMIWGT2S LOVED ONES COMMEMORATION MONUMENTS


Contact & Information November 15th, 2019


The Ontario MMIWGT2S Loved Ones Commemoration Committee (OLOCC) is made of mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, and aunties who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We each have our own story to share. Our goal is to have two Memorial Monuments in Ontario, one in the Northern region and one in the Southern region. The Ontario MMIWGT2S (OLOCC) is seeking input from all families and LGBTQ2S in Ontario who would like to be involved in this process.


The National Inquiry released an interim report on November 2018, followed by the release of the Final Report on June 3 2019. One of the recommendations from the interim report was the establishment of a commemoration fund. In responding to this recommendation, the Government of Canada established the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund (MMIWGCF). The objectives of the Commemoration Fund are to honour the lives and legacies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and LGBTQ2S individuals; and, increase awareness. The stated purpose of the fund is to support Indigenous organizations to work with families, survivors and/or communities to develop and implement commemoration initiatives to honor the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals. Whitefish River First Nation applied for funding to work with families in the design, development and installation of two monuments in Ontario. The Government of Canada has committed $50,000 towards this project, efforts will be made to raise a further $50,000 (by January 15th 2020) to ensure the two monuments reflect and commemorate the loss of our loved ones, support healing, create awareness to instill change to address this national tragedy and to advance reconciliation.


Communities can get involved and provide additional public/media support to raise awareness about the purpose of the monuments and bring changes needed to address this national issue. The national scope of awareness will provide opportunities across the country for families of the MMIWGT2S and LGBTQ2S along with Canadians to visit the sites, offer prayers, and pay tribute to the lives of our loved ones. These monuments will be long-lasting structures that will endure throughout time and remain as a visible sign to passersby that our lost Indigenous
Women, Girls and LGBTQ2S were loved, cherished and will never be forgotten. The final stage of the Commemoration initiative will be the unveiling ceremonies and dedication at the two monument locations, locations and the unveiling date will be announced. Unveiling date is Sunday October 4th, 2020.


In addition to the monuments, MMIWGT2S families are invited to participate in the building of Legacy Quilts. The Legacy Quilts will be proudly displayed in the community schools to serve as a reminder to youth about the ongoing issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.


(Please see enclosed to get further details.)


For further information on how to get involved with the Legacy Quilts, the design of the Monuments or submitting your opinions on various related topics (see “Suggestions for Design & Locations” deadline is January 20th 2020 by midnight), or to donate, or to volunteer, please contact The Ontario MMIWGT2S Loved Ones Commemorative Committee. We look forward to hearing from you.


Northern email: ONNorthMMIWG@gmail.com
Regional Leads: Maria Swain and Jessie McDonald
Southern email: ONSouthMMIWG@gmail.com
Regional Leads: Linda John and Jacqueline Gagnon
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THE ONTARIO MMIWGT2S LOVED ONES COMMEMORATION MONUMENTS


SUGGESTIONS FOR DESIGN & LOCATIONS

(Deadline for submissions January 20th, 2020)
ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER FAMILY


DESIGN OPTIONS
Please circle your choice
A) A Generic Vision: meaning NO names, just an artistic image vision
B) A Symbolic image WITH names of loved ones
C) Accompanied with four direction benches, garden setting
D) Common wall structure with names of loved ones
E) Your own vision of monument, please send your design to the email related
to your area


LOCATIONS
Suggest a Northern Location: __________________________
Suggest a Southern Location: __________________________


Northern email: ONNorthMMIWG@gamil.com
Regional Leads: Maria Swain and Jessie McDonald
Southern email: ONSouthMMIWG@gmail.com
Regional Leads: Lynda John and Jacqueline Gagnon


THE ONTARIO MMIWGT2S LOVED ONES COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE


Details for Legacy Quilting Squares
Memorial Quilts are quilts made in remembrance of a loved one. These quilts often incorporate a wide variety of different types of clothing and fabrics. Feel a sense of connection and comfort by honoring someone special with a memorial quilt. Made with clothing and keepsake fabric supplied by you, we will work together to create a meaningful quilt of remembrance. Many memorial quilts (also called bereavement quilts) can be made from special outfits, jeans, favorite tops, dresses, and can also include photos, quotes, or sayings of the person to make it even more personable. The range of materials is completely up to you.


Quilt Square Dimension: 9” X 9” inches squared
Each 9-inch block is a hexagon with a diamond insert: the hexagon represents the carbon molecule, which is the fundamental element of all life. This shape can be found in every culture throughout history, from the tile mosaics of the Middle East, to the six-point Jewish Star, to embroidery designs from the Balkans, and on and on. We invite participants to contribute their talents and ideas, people are free to do whatever they feel best represent their loved one.


Please include a picture of your finished square so we can upload to our website along with a short note of expressing your loved one’s story (name, age, Band location, with any further information you feel is pertinent).


Please mail to:
Attention: Legacy Quilts 7 Phippes Street, Gore Bay, ON P0P 1H0

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