Five Teams Selected to Prepare Design Proposals for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan
“I would like to thank all the teams that applied to our Request for Qualifications. The range and depth of the Canadian arts and design community is inspiring. I am confident that the five teams selected will present meaningful proposals for this national monument that is so important to Veterans, the families of the fallen and all Canadians. I am sure the teams will develop thoughtful, reflective designs that will interpret Canada’s collective gratitude to those who lost their lives in Afghanistan, those who served in the mission and those who supported them here at home.”
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I want to congratulate the design team finalists, and I look forward to seeing their proposals. When completed, the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan will provide a fitting tribute and a lasting reminder—for their families, their friends, and for the people of Canada—of those who served and of those we lost.”
—The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
The Monument will be built on the east side of Booth Street, north of the National Holocaust Monument and across the street from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
In January and February 2020, Veterans Affairs Canada gathered feedback from stakeholders, including the Canadian public, on design considerations for the Monument. Consultations sought input on three key components of the Monument’s design: the Monument objectives, visitor experience and form and character.
Veterans, families of the fallen, Canadian Armed Forces members, other key stakeholders and the public will be invited to review the finalists’ proposals before a design is chosen. This will occur in spring/summer 2021.
The Monument is scheduled to be completed by 2024.
Key milestones for this project may need to be adjusted given the COVID-19 pandemic. All decisions on these matters will be made under advisement from public health authorities.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Veterans Affairs Canada
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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