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e-3074 (Culture and heritage)

Initiated by Robert McLeod from Aldersyde, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

  • More than 114,000 of our fallen, in war and conflicts serving Canada, are buried overseas or have no known grave;
  • Many descendants, and relatives are unable to visit the final resting places of those fallen, or the monuments to their sacrifice, because of cost or travel restrictions;
  • With encouragement from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation (NFNMF) developed a vision for a fitting monument at Green Cove, in Cape Breton National Park, on its eastern shore, to those Canadians who died helping preserve our freedoms;
  • It depicts Mother Canada welcoming home to Canada, the souls of these 114,000 fallen;
  • Being in Canada, this will be an accessible memorial that descendants and relatives of the fallen can visit;
  • A Parks Canada License of Occupation is needed by NFNMF for a fundraising campaign to construct this monument;
  • Parks Canada conditions, before this license could be issued, were the agreement of the Confederation of Mi’kmaq, (completed May 2015), a detailed impact analysis, (completed February 2016), and proof of $30 million Phase 1 funding, with 5% for the maintenance for the first year (this was being negotiated, as NFNMF would not do public fundraising without a license to build); and
  • Parks Canada didn’t issue the license, and withdrew from the negotiating table, so NFNMF was blocked from raising the funds for the monument.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the minister of Environment and Climate Change to return to the bargaining table and issue a License of Occupation by year end 2021 to allow fundraising to begin the Never Forgotten National Memorial.
Open for signature
February 2, 2021, at 8:48 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 2, 2021, at 8:48 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - John Barlow
Conservative Caucus
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