The amphitheatre park next to city hall could become a residential school memorial. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)

Quesnel city council planning on creating residential school memorial

A report in the agenda of council's Sept. 28 meeting outlines their initial plans

  • Sep. 24, 2021 12:00 a.m.

The city of Quesnel is planning on creating a residential school memorial in the amphitheatre park next to city hall.

A staff report in the agenda for council’s Sept. 28 meeting outlines the project could cost up to $43,450, and asks for council to approve taking the money from the council initiatives budget for 2021 and 2022.

A report written by the city of Quesnel’s manager of economic development and tourism, Amy Reid, notes the project would include extensive collaboration with local Indigenous communities.

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“Initial conversations with the Chiefs of Lhtako Dené, Nazko, Lhoosk’uz Dené and ?Esdilagh indicate that re-configuring the tiered gardens to seating, sharing the story of local Indigenous experiences with residential schools using interpretive signage along the wall of the building, creating a mural on the retaining wall on St. Laurent Street and the installation of a sculpture would be welcome improvements to the space,” it reads.

Urban Systems, a B.C. consulting firm who has worked on other projects, has suggested a budget of just over $30,000 to consult, prepare a project brief and site objectives and develop a cost estimate. A further $12,000 would be set aside to cover honoraria and meals during consultation.

The report notes grants could become available for the project.

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