'Thunderhead' LGBTQ national monument breaks ground in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Work began today on a national monument marking the discrimination faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community.

It is set to open in summer 2025.

The monument is specifically seeking to recognize discrimination at the hands of the Canadian government from the 1950s to mid-1990s.

It was paid for by the LGBT Purge Fund, a non-profit that manages funds from a class action lawsuit over that discrimination.

The monument is located steps in front of the Ottawa River and was designed in partnership with Indigenous elders.

It will be complete with a sacred fire site and a column, broken apart by a thunderhead cloud inside.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 1, 2024.

The Canadian Press