Between the 1950s and mid-1990s, LGBT members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, and the federal public service were systematically discriminated against, harassed and often fired as a matter of policy and sanctioned practice. This “LGBT Purge” resulted in a class action lawsuit launched by survivors and a settlement reached with the Canadian government in 2018. The settlement includes funds for a national monument, to “memorialize the historical discrimination against LGBTQ2 Canadians, including with respect to the LGBT Purge.”
The LGBT Purge national monument engagement process brings key stakeholders together to develop a Vision Statement for this monument. The Statement will form the basis of a design brief issued by Heritage Canada. The multi-stage process — including visioning workshops, focus groups, and surveys — is designed to ensure that the voices of Purge survivors and LGBTQ2S+ communities are heard and come to shape this historic monument.