The Drug Users’ Memorial Project was established in 2010 as a remembrance, healing and community arts initiative to build an 8 foot copper flame monument to commemorate community members and loved ones who have died due to the war on drugs.
We planned and conceptualized the monument’s artistic form with direction from local metal artist and printmaker Rocky Dobey. In 2012, the 8 foot copper monument was erected thanks to the generous financial assistance from the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, local band “Fucked Up” and other local artists. Community members gathered weekly to engrave copper panels which cover the monument with images, words and symbols that express feelings of loss sadness and outrage related to the on-gong war on drugs.
We now hold quarterly memorials to honour and remember community members who have been lost to the war on drugs.
For more information about this project, please contact Rhiannon 416-461-3577 ext. 388.
- 955 Queen Street East
- Toronto, ON M4M 3P3
- (416) 461-3577