The Pathways to Remembering Memorial is being built to show respect and compassion for community members whose lives have been lost to drug poisoning.
For individuals and families, the Pathways to Remembering Memorial provides a space for people to grieve and honour their loved one.
For our community, this memorial confronts the stigma that has historically been associated with drug poisoning. It brings awareness to the systemic harms and risks that current health and justice policies place on individual people who use substances.
Once built, the Pathways to Remembering Memorial will be:
- A place for families and individuals to come to honour the memory of someone they love. The memorial offers a counter narrative to the stigma that accompanies life lost to substances. It values these individuals and honours their contributions to our community.
- A beautiful structure which will give pleasure to all who spend time there.
- A statement to show that community members in the City of Guelph are actively working to reduce the harmful stigma that surrounds substance use and advocating for health-focused drug policies.
- An opportunity for public education about the need to change Canadian drug policies so that people experiencing addiction receive the healthcare they need, have access to pharma-grade drugs and do not have to use toxic, unregulated drugs. In 2022, the Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 21 people across Canada loose their lives every day because of the unregulated drug supply. Most of these deaths could be prevented by providing appropriate healthcare support to individuals who struggle with addiction.
The WGDS and its partner organizations are raising $50,000 to build this memorial. Please add your support to this project by donating using the form below. You will automatically receive a tax receipt by donating through this form.