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<br /> <br />Corporate Services Department www.kitchener.ca <br />REPORT TO: Finance and Corporate Services Committee <br /> <br />DATE OF MEETING: June 8, 2022 <br /> <br />SUBMITTED BY: Elin Moorlag Silk, Interim Director, Equity, Anti-Racism & Indigenous <br />Initiatives, 519-741-2200 ext. 7049; <br /> Niall Lobley, Director, Parks and Cemeteries, 519-741-2600 ext. 4518 <br /> <br />PREPARED BY: Elin Moorlag Silk, Interim Director, Equity, Anti-Racism & Indigenous <br />Initiatives, 519-741-2200 ext. 7049; <br /> Jake Linklater, Senior Indigenous Advisor, Equity, Anti-Racism & <br />Indigenous Initiatives <br /> <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED: All Wards <br /> <br />DATE OF REPORT: May 27, 2022 <br /> <br />REPORT NO.: COR-2022-253 <br /> <br />SUBJECT: Queen Victoria Statue: Community Engagement and Public Education <br /> <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />That staff be directed to launch: <br /> <br />1. an equity-driven community engagement process to gather ideas and feedback <br />from the community with respect to the Queen Victoria statue located in Victoria <br />Park, and, <br /> <br />2. a public education process around the history related to Queen Victoria, the statue <br />and its impacts <br /> <br />REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: <br />The purpose of this report is to present a strategy for City of Kitchener staff to undertake an <br />equity-driven community engagement strategy to gather ideas and feedback from the <br />community on how to proceed with the Queen Victoria statue <br />Given the complex nature of the issue and the historical legacy that the Queen Victoria <br />statue represents, an integral component of this strategy will include public education related <br />to Queen Victoria, the statue and its impacts, including the ongoing effects colonialism has <br />had on generations of Indigenous, Black and racialized persons. <br />The proposed strategy will take place over an 8 12 month period, in collaboration with <br />multiple stakeholders and ongoing work happening at the City through the Places and <br />Spaces project and active involvement in the Regional Reconciliation Action Plan Working <br />Group (RAPWG) <br />The cost estimate for these activities is between $15,000 - $30,000, which staff propose to <br />be funded through the Capital Contingency budget <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />