Visit the Monuments to la francophonie
Île du Chenail (Chenail Island)
87 John Street
Hawkesbury, Ontario K6A 1Y1
Unveiled : November 28, 2014
Bernard Grandmaître, Honorary President of Monuments de la francophonie d’Ottawa
The Franco-Ontarian Flag
The Franco-Ontarian flag was created in 1975. It consists of two sections; the left section features a white fleur-de-lys (representing la Francophonie) on a green background, and the right section features a green trillium flower (representing Ontario) on a white background. The flag was recognized as an official symbol of Ontario by the Ontario Government in 2001.
The goal was to build a monument with a huge Franco-Ontarian flag measuring 15 feet by 30 feet on an 80 foot pole surrounded by plaques and information about Franco-Ontarian history. The monument was built on the site of a historic gold mine on the Île du Chenail (Chenail Island).
This monument is unique in that it features two large hands (12 feet by 6.5 feet) that represent Franco-Ontarians and the warm welcome that they offer to everyone around them. They also protect the lys flower, the symbol of la Francophonie. The Franco-Ontarian flag towers above the hands and all the plaques. There are also several statues around the monument representing a family and people of all ages.
There are 13 benches with a maple leaf design around the monument. The benches represent the francophones in each Canadian province and territory.
More information about the Hawkesbury monument can be downloaded in PDF format here.
The Hawkesbury monument to la Francophonie is a community heritage project that was coordinated by people dedicated to the local francophone community.
Gilles Trahan, President
Odette Charbonneau Legault
The organizing committee for Hawkesbury’s monument to la Francophonie is grateful to the donors who provided financial aid for this project.