The Women's Monument project reached fruition with the construction of Marker of Change - a 300 foot circle of fourteen Laurentian pink granite benches in Thornton Park.
Marker of Change is the outcome of a seven year project to build a national monument in recognition of the devastating loss of all the women and girls who have been murdered. In a deeply symbolic act, the monument names the fourteen women murdered December 6, 1989, at L'Ecole Polytechnique of the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The monument is dedicated to all women murdered by men with the dedication inscribed in seven different languages.
"In memory and in grief for all women murdered by men.
For women of all countries, all classes, all ages, all colours."
To determine the shape of the monument a national design competition was held, open to women throughout Canada. We believed in the power of art and artists to create something extraordinary that would touch visitors and draw them in to empathize and participate in remembering and honouring the women we have lost to violence. A seven member jury made up of prominent women from across Canada selected Marker of Change.
Each year memorial events are held at the monument site. On a sunny day, numerous visitors rest on the granite benches. Children can be seen playing on the clay tiles circling the benches. The tiles are hand-stamped with the names of all who contributed to building the monument.
In loving memory of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Maria Klucznik, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte and all the women and girls everywhere suffering from violence.
Marker of Change is is situated on the unceded territory of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.