As part of its cultural development mandate, the City of Ottawa is developing an updated, comprehensive municipal commemoration policy to guide commemorative programs and activities in our city.
Diverse stories, histories, cultures, communities, and legacies abound in Ottawa. Remembering Ottawa: Stories and Legacies will ensure that these collective and compelling memories are honoured.
The policy development is being led by the Cultural Development and Initiatives Unit of the Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department in strategic cultural partnership with cultural organizations in Ottawa.
A representative Municipal Commemoration Policy Advisory Group is providing high-level guidance and support. The group is composed of 10 full members (residents with deep knowledge of Ottawa history and cultures joined by memory study specialists, all from diverse professional, cultural and linguistic backgrounds) as well as four non-voting seats representing City of Ottawa stakeholder departments.
A variety of public engagement activities include:
- A virtual engagement session with Anishinabe Algonquin Host Nation representatives.
- Further Indigenous engagement activities to receive input from the Anishinabe Algonquin Host Nation as well as from Urban First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and communities.
- A bilingual public engagement session to build awareness and to receive resident input and feedback.
- An Engage Ottawa page to provide information on the project and to ask Ottawa residents for feedback on key questions related to the policy.
In addition to these engagement activities, a survey of past and existing City of Ottawa commemorative programs and policies is being conducted, with input from the public, to identify gaps, opportunities and obstacles for implementation of the new policy.
You are invited to follow the development of the policy, submit your ideas, and participate in other engagement activities by visiting Remembering Ottawa: Stories and Legacies on the Engage Ottawa website.
For inquiries about the municipal commemoration policy development project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.