June 20, 2022 – Toronto, Ontario
The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in inclusive community sites that connect people from diverse backgrounds and support the lasting contributions these sites make to Canadian society and our country’s economy.
Today, the Honorable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced an investment of nearly $585,000, through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRFC)for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to enhance its outdoor public space and welcome new visitors.
This investment will support the creation and installation of a sculpture by internationally renowned contemporary artist, Brian Jungen, an artist of European and Indigenous (Dane-zaa) descent. Jungen’s broad artistic practice draws on both Indigenous materials and traditions as well as Western art history and popular culture. Measuring five and a half meters long and four meters high, Couch Monster: Sadzěʔ yaaghęhch’ill (2022) is a significant addition to Toronto’s cityscape. The sculpture was unveiled earlier today outside the AGO in downtown Toronto and will be accompanied by seating and green space making it accessible to visitors of all abilities. Interpretive material located near the sculpture will be available in French, English, and Aanishinaabemowin. In the coming months, additional interpretive material accessible to visually and hearing impaired communities will be available online at there is.ca.
Today’s announcement reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting diverse and inclusive community projects that are integral to the overall well-being of our peoples, families and communities.