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Legion launches fundraiser to replace YK war memorial

Damage is shown to a Yellowknife veterans' monument in July 2019
A damaged Yellowknife veterans' monument in July 2019. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

The Royal Canadian Legion in Yellowknife is raising money to replace a badly damaged monument to veterans.

The memorial, a sculpture created by Tuktoyaktuk artist Eli Nasogaluak, appeared to have been vandalized last week.

Figures in the artwork were left hanging precariously from its base or, in some cases, elements were snapped clean in two.

Legion representative Tammy Roberts told Cabin Radio: “The police have an open file investigating the vandalism of the war monument and they have no information to share with us as of yet.”



The monument had stood between the city’s RCMP detachment and military headquarters since 2005.

Roberts said the Legion now aims to have it replaced by Remembrance Day this year.

A GoFundMe page has been created for the campaign, with an initial target of $25,000.

“We have been getting offers of financial support from other legions as well as individuals. We started the GoFundMe page, or people can donate directly to the Legion,” said Roberts.

“We are also looking into grants that are available to support us.

“Our goal is to have a new monument erected for Remembrance Day 2019.”