Title

Forging an Identity in Bronze: Nation-building through Ottawa’s Memorial Landscape

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article examines the physical changes to the memorials in Canada’s capital region, as well as the motives driving those additions and modifications. In recent years, Ottawa’s memorial landscape has changed in a number of profound ways. Memorials are just as much a reflection of who or what they commemorate as they are of the time in which they were built, as well as the ideologies and interests of the people who play a role in the development and design process. Moreover, a city’s memorials, particularly those in a national capital, are a part of the everyday environment and the broader cultural fabric. As such, this paper will question if Ottawa’s latest memorial additions have increasingly reflected the goals of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

Original Citation

Weeks, E. (2015). Forging an Identity in Bronze: Nation-building through Ottawa’s Memorial Landscape. Études canadiennes/Canadian Studies, 78, 49-75. doi: 10.4000/eccs.496.

Identifier

doi: 10.4000/eccs.496