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Women's Monument Project fonds
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- Photographic materials
- Sound recordings
- Textual records
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- Source of title proper: Title of the fonds is based on the name chosen by the founder of the Project.
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1981 - 1999 (Creation)
- Women's Monument Project
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1.13 m of textual records and other material
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The information for the administrative history was provided by the Women's Monument Project Committee.
The Women's Monument Project was founded in 1990 by Christine McDowell, a Capilano College student, in response to the massacre of fourteen women at Montreal's l'Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. Genevieve Bergeron, Nathalie Croteau, Anne-Marie Edward, Barbara Klucznik, Maryse Leclair, Sonia Pelletier, Annie St-Arneault, Helene Colgan, Barbara Daigneault, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganiere, Anne-Marie Lemay, Michele Richard and Annie Turcotte all died at the hands of a man who said he killed them because they were women. A few months after the unveiling of the monument, Marker of Change, by artist Beth Alber in Thornton Park in Vancouver on December 6, 1997, the Project became inactive. The Project's objectives were to focus national attention on the widespread problem of male violence against women; to build a permanent public art memorial to the fourteen women and to all women who have been victims of violence; to create a lasting testament to the value of women, the sanctity of human life and the refusal to be defeated by violence; and, to offer employment opportunities to women in all aspects of the Project from fundraising to design to construction. Through its fundraising and consciousness-raising efforts, the Project made contact with thousands of individual donors from across Canada and around the world, with community groups, unions and associations, schools, corporations, government, private foundations and the media.
A Committee coordinated the Project. The floor of the Orientation Stand at the Monument site states, "A feminist project realized by a small group of women in collaboration with Capilano College, with love for all people." During the Project's eight-year duration, from 3 to 10 women actively served on the Committee at any given time. Committee members included Lisa Brisebois, Kim Bruce, Janine Carscadden, Dawn Dalley, Christine McDowell, Vanessa Pasqualetto, Krista Marshall, Lianne Payne, Lindsay Setzer, and Elinor Warkentin. Other members were Susan Anderson, Gail Attara, Rita Beiks, Jennifer Bradley, Lorna Brown, Margot Butler, Karen Egger, Alexandra Ewashen, Maura Gatensby, Cate Jones, Deborah MacFarlane, Kelly Phillips, Wonda Seaboyer, Elena Shragge and Maria Walther. Many volunteers who did not sit on the Committee also participated in the Project. Carol McCandless and Olga Kempo represented Capilano College.
Usually meeting every two weeks, the Committee was a forum for collective decision-making. In 1992 a paid, part-time staff position was created, and in late 1993 a Coordinator for the national design competition was hired for ten months. There was no core funding; these positions were supported through government grants or fundraising.
Capilano College sponsored the Project by providing its endorsement, infrastructure (such as office space and telephones), charitable tax status, and administrative support.
The Women's Monument Project originally operated out of Committee members' homes. It moved to the Women's Centre office at Capilano College in North Vancouver. From 1994 to late 1997, the College provided the Project with its own office. The records were then stored in Christine McDowell's home and transferred to the Archives in 1999.
Scope and content
The fonds of the Women's Monument Project consists of records created and received in the course of carrying out the Project. Activities documented include Committee and sub-committee meetings, fundraising events, groundbreaking and unveiling ceremonies, site selection, dedication, language selection, design selection, construction, and gallery exhibits.
Includes proposals, reports, minutes, correspondence, speeches, published materials, press releases, news clippings, design competition guidelines, design submissions, construction contracts, Monument inscriptions, drawings, site maps, photographs and slides, videotapes, a cloth banner, and the original maquette and artwork of the winning design by Beth Alber.
Immediate source of acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives by Capilano College in 1999.
Records were originally used and maintained by the Project as a series of office files. In l998, Project Committee members appraised and reviewed the files. In some cases, they reclassified materials to fit within series that the Committee assigned to their records in preparation for donation to the Archives. There is some overlap between series; researchers should review the entire file list of the fonds to determine the existence of all files on a particular subject. The Archives maintained the series as received from the Project.
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Restrictions on access
Some files contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files is restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.
Researchers should be aware that certain documents contain redacted elements. Redactions were made by the creator prior to donation to the Archives.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Series descriptions and a file list are available.
Capilano College retains administrative files, including donor and other financial records, for legal purposes. However, researchers can find a budget and financial statement in the Women's Monument Project Fonds in the series, "Background Records." The series "Construction Records" contains a budget for construction. A touring exhibit of a selected group of the designs submitted to the competition for the Monument also remains stored at the college. It is available for exhibition.
All accessions have been processed as of September 2002. No further accruals are expected.
Fonds includes ca. 200 photographs, 3 moving image documents (5 video cassettes), 2 sound recordings (4 audio cassettes), and 2 artifacts.
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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (December 1999); updated by Frances Fournier (2004); updated by Richard Dancy (March 2006); item-level descriptions re-numbered following new control system (September 2012).