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Reconciliation: The Peacekeeping Monument

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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-256

Type: Monument

Location: Corner of Sussex Drive and St. Patrick Street

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.4289232   Long: -75.6962455

This special monument was erected on Confederation Boulevard in Ottawa and commemorates Canada's role in international peacekeeping and the soldiers, both living and dead, who have participated or are currently participating in peacekeeping operations. Since 1947, Canadian peacekeepers have served overseas in a variety of United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and other multinational task forces. Canada played a leading role in the peacekeeping movement from the outset. In fact, a Canadian, Lester B. Pearson, won the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering vision in helping establish a United Nations force during the Suez Crisis of the 1950s. Since then, Canada's commitment to international peace efforts and other overseas military actions has continued.

The monument depicts three peacekeepers — two men and a woman — standing on two sharp, knifelike edges of stone, cutting through the rubble and debris of war and converging at a high point, which symbolizes the resolution of conflict.

The members of the winning design team from British Columbia were Jack K. Harman, sculptor; Richard G. Henriquez, urban designer; and Cornelia H. Oberlander, landscape architect. The team also included Gabriel Design, lighting design, and J.L. Richards and Associates, engineering services, both of Ottawa.

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[right side/côté droit]    



"We need action not only
to end the fighting but to make peace...
My own government would be glad
to recommend Canadian participation
in such a United Nations force,
a truly international peace and police force."

Lester B. Pearson
November 2, 1956.

« Nous devons agir non seulement
Afin de mettre fin à la guerre,
Mais aussi pour rétablir la paix…
Mon gouvernement serait heureux de
recommander la participation canadienne
à une force internationale des Nations Unies »

Lester B. Pearson
Le 2 novembre 1956


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In 1988, the Nobel Peace Prize 

was awarded to the United Nations' peacekeepers. 
This monument, Reconciliation, is a tribute to 
Canada's commitment to world peace,
 and to all Canadian men and women 
who have served as peacekeepers.

Members of Canada's Armed Forces, 

represented by three figures, stand at 
the meeting place of two wall of destruction.
Vigilant, impartial, they oversee 

the reconciliation of those in conflict.
Behind them lies the debris of war. Ahead lies 

the promise peace: a grove, symbol of life.

Dedicated, October 8, 1992, by 

His Excellency, the Right Honourable 
Ramon John Hnatyshyn, 
Governor General of Canada 
and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, 
Prime Minister of Canada.



En 1988, le gardiens de la paix des Nations Unies
reçurrent le prix Nobel de la paix.
Ce monument, Réconciliation, témoigne de
l’engagement du Canada à la paix mondiale et
souligne la contribution de tous les Canadiens et
Canadiennes qui furent gardiens de la paix.

Les Forces armées canadiennes, représentées par
les trois statues, se tiennent à la croisée de
deux murs en ruines. Vigilants et impartiaux,
ce gardiens de la paix surveillent la réconciliation
de ceux qui sont en conflit. Tournant le dos
à la guerre, ils font face à la promesse  de paix et
au symbole de la vie, un bosquet sacré.

Dédié le 8 octobre 1992
par Son Excellence le très honorable
Ramon John Hnatyshyn,
Gouverneur général du Canada.
et les très honorable Brian Mulroney,
Premier ministre du Canada.

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