National Capital Commission Gives Approval in Principle for a Monument to Victims of Totalitarian Communism in Ottawa

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - At a public board meeting yesterday the
National Capital Commission (NCC) approved in principle the application to
build a monument on national capital region land to the more than 100 million
victims of totalitarian communism, submitted by Tribute to Liberty with
founding partner The Open Book Group.
    The NCC confirmed that the revised submission "largely meets" NCC's
recommendations, but requested further discussion on the name to broaden the
scope of the memorial. The NCC Board voted to strike a small committee which
will work with the project proponents on this effort, in order to clarify
their concerns.
    "We consider this to be a step forward on this very important project. I
would like to express my thanks for the attention the NCC has given this
project, and I look forward to working closely with them to see the memorial
built," says Alide Forstmanis, Tribute to Liberty Board Chair.
    Zuzana Hahn, founder of The Open Book Group, noted the NCC's desire to
work closely with the project proponents as "something we will take very
seriously and pursue promptly to make this project happen. Millions of
Canadians have been affected in unique and profound ways and this monument
seeks to document their experiences."
    Charlie Coffey, Honorary Chair of the initiative, highlighted this last
point, commenting that "we often lose sight of the need to address particular
historic incidents because in doing so we might not address others. This is a
mistake. The experience of people under oppressive communist regimes is of
global import and has had profound implications for many, many Canadians. This
needs to be highlighted."
    A diverse range of communities in Canada are involved in the project,
including Chinese, Cuban, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Korean, Latvian,
Mennonite, Polish, Slovenian, Tibetan, Ukrainian and Vietnamese, among others.
Over 8 million Canadians trace their roots-and many their own lives-to
countries that lived or live under Communism.

    The National Capital Commission is the government agency that oversees
the use and development of national capital region land.

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Foster, Project Coordinator, Tribute to

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