Brook McIlroy is proud to announce “Notre Place”, a provincial monument at Queen’s Park dedicated to the Franco-Ontarian community. Recognizing the significant role that Franco-Ontarians have played in the growth of this province, the monument carves out a distinct site for the community to share and celebrate together.
“Notre Place” – its name a reference to the unofficial Franco-Ontarian anthem by Paul Demers – will be a departure from the traditional monument. The design draws on the traditions and stories that helped form the foundation of the Franco-Ontarian community but reinterprets these stories with contemporary materials and fabrication methods to distinctly frame the project with a present day lens.
The monument, unveiled in Toronto on Franco-Ontarian Day (September 25th), was commissioned by the Ministry of Francophone Affairs and was administered by Infrastructure Ontario. The design was informed by a consultation process with an advisory committee made up of prominent members of the Franco-Ontarian Community in Ontario.