KENORA – The Ontario government is providing $230,625 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the City of Kenora to build Rotary Peace Park. This investment will help redevelop a green space as a place to reflect and honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and transgender, two spirit, plus (MMIWGT2S+) people.
“Our government is bringing more awareness to the violence against Indigenous women and girls and transgender, two spirit, plus people,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Today’s investment is a tangible commitment of respect, reflection and reconciliation.”
The project is a partnership between the City of Kenora, Kenora Rotary Club and Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. NOHFC funding will be used to redevelop an underutilized, centrally located, 11,000 square-foot green space into a fully landscaped, accessible park overlooking Lake of the Woods. Rotary Peace Park will include a peace pole and monument honouring MMIWGT2S+ people.
“The Rotary Peace Park Committee is very pleased that we were successful in our NOHFC funding application from the Ontario government. This generous amount now allows us to enhance our plans as to what will be included in Rotary Peace Park. Many thanks to Minister Greg Rickford for all his work,” said John Dahl, Rotary Peace Park Committee Member and Past President of the Kenora Rotary Club
The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $473 million in 4,244 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.5 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 6,600 jobs.