Les Monuments de la francophonie d’Ottawa was begun in 2005 by the Ottawa francophone community to commemorate its contribution in the development and well-being of the City of Ottawa. Thousands of francophone Ottawans, young and old, rallied around the project to create monuments featuring women and men, organizations and institutions that contributed to the social, cultural and economic fabric of Ottawa. Les Monuments de la francophonie d’Ottawa now spans the province, as other francophone communities create their own monuments. It has thus become ‘Les Monuments de la francophonie de l’Ontario’.
There are currently eight ‘Monuments de la francophonie’ in Ottawa, with others in L’Orignal, Clarence-Rockland, Casselman, Sudbury (2), Cornwall and Hawkesbury. Two more monuments are in the works in Hearst and Windsor for 2015/16.
Les Monuments de la francophonie d’Ottawa is a community-based project whose objectives are to help young Franco-Ontarians understand their cultural identity, ensure recognition of the French-speaking population of Ontario, promote the value added by the Francophone presence in regions, reinforce the visibility of the Franco-Ontarian flag and to create heritage and tourist spaces celebrating Franco-Ontario.
In Ottawa, it is a network of historical and heritage gathering sites located throughout the city, featuring a flagpole flying an outsized Franco-Ontarian flag. Around this pole there are commemorative and heritage areas outlining the contribution of the francophone community of the region. The layouts of the sites are different, but each site consists of benches and landscaping as well as granite blocks or plaques which feature texts on the historical presence and contribution of the francophone community in all aspects of society. The themes of the historical plaques include education, arts, culture and heritage, health and social services, business and entrepreneurship, organisations and institutions, youth and seniors as well as multiculturalism. Names of donors – individuals, private sponsors and corporate donors are also engraved in granite.
Monuments that are located in Ottawa (dates in brackets show when they were unveiled)
CECCE – Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est – 4000 Labelle Street, K1J 1A1 (September 25, 2006)
La Cité collégiale – 801 Aviation Parkway K1K 4R3 (May 31, 2007)
MIFO (Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans) – 6600 Carrière Street, K1C 1J4 (June 15, 2007)
CFORP – Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques – 435 Donald Street, K1K 3M8 (September 5, 2007)
École élémentaire publique Charlotte-Lemieux Elementary School – 2093 Bel-Air Promenade, K2C 0X2 (September 25, 2007)
Trillium Caisse populaire – 1173 Cyrville Road, K1J 7S6 (October 15, 2007)
Hôpital Montfort Hospital – 713 Montreal Road, K1K 0T2 (October 13, 2010)
University of Ottawa campus – beside the Pérez Pavilion, K1N 6N5 (September 25, 2013)
Photo credits: MIFO – http://mondrapeaufranco.ca/visitez-les-autres-monuments-en-ontario/ all others courtesy Jean Yves PelletierLeave a reply →