Physical Tribute to Victims of Air Tragedies – Survey

Air disasters have taken the lives of too many Canadians and left countless families grieving the loss of their loved ones. In a statement delivered on January 8, 2021, the anniversary of the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, the Prime Minister announced a series of commemorative initiatives to support families impacted by this and other air tragedies.

One such initiative is a physical tribute, located in Canada’s Capital Region, in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in air tragedies. This tribute would provide a space for those affected by air tragedies to remember and honour the people who were lost. It could be a green space such as a garden, forest preserve, or gathering space; a built object or structure such as a plaque, artwork, or monument; or another tangible type of memorial such as a labyrinth or water feature.

The Government of Canada conducted a public consultation for this tribute from January 7 to February 7, 2022. The goal of the survey was to solicit feedback on the purpose and function of the commemoration, and to inform what type of physical tribute could be established. The results of the survey will be posted here in the coming months.

A statue showing three figures standing on a rock. The figures are a soldier holding hands with two children, a boy and a girl.
Silent Witness Memorial in Gander, Newfoundland
Credit: Gander Airport Historical Society
A person is outside, walking through a stone labyrinth set in a grassy lawn.
Boston College 9/11 Memorial Labyrinth in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Credit: Boston College, Office of University Communications
A large plaque sits on a stone plinth above cobblestone pavers. It is surrounded by fallen autumn leaves.
Air India Memorial plaque in Ottawa, Ontario

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