‘Thunderhead’ LGBTQ national monument breaks ground in Ottawa

 The Canadian Press  After a rainy night in Ottawa, the sun broke through Wednesday afternoon ahead of a ceremony to break ground for a national LGBTQ+ monument. That was no coincidence, Albert McLeod told a crowd gathered under a bridge near the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ottawa River, or the Kitchissippi, as it’s known to Algonquin Peoples. “Those thunderers came last night and cleared the way for us to be here today — to celebrate being human, and to share that courage and strength,” said McLeod, a two-spirit elder and member of the monument’s design team. The “Thunderhead” monument will mark historic discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community at the hands of the federal government, as well as societal injustices against the community. In Anishinaabe teachings, thunderheads are clouds…

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