Deadline for new Cenotaph memorial design extended until end of month

Richard Jalbert, acting president of the Yellowknife Legion joins Tammy Roberts, the Legion's communications officer, to unveil a plaque showing where a new Cenotaph statue will be located.

A brief ceremony was held Sunday in Yellowknife at the Cenotaph outside Joint Task Force North Headquarters (JTFN) where a new soldier’s memorial statue will eventually sit.

The previous one was destroyed earlier this year in a senseless act of vandalism.

Royal Canadian Legion – Vincent Massey Branch #164 – officials announced they were extending the deadline for proposals for a new statue until the end of November.

They said they had received two proposals so far but are still hoping for more.

It’s hoped the new memorial will be complete by Remembrance Day of next year.


The previous veterans sculpture was damaged by vandals in July
(CKLB file photo)


The Legion states that the project requires a design team that would include more than one northern artist and a youth representative.

The Legion also requires a military historian to advise the team on the design plans.

To be considered for this opportunity, each applicant must submit a concept proposal, cost estimate and artist background biographies.

The Legion is fundraising to cover materials, artists’ expenses and research costs for creation of the work.

Commission fees will be based on an accepted project budget submitted by the applicant team.

The Legion’s Project Committee will schedule a meeting soon after the deadline to review applications and make final selections.

If you have any questions, contact Tammy Roberts at

Applicants must be:

• Residents of the Northwest Territories.

• Established or professional visual artists or designers who have previously created and displayed works of art to the public.

• Developing artists or youth who are not using their artistic ability as their prime means of financial support.

• Artists who are comfortable with their own repertoire.

• Able to participate on a tight schedule, during a two month period in a self-directed artistic collaborative process.

• Ready to work cooperatively in a collaborative team environment.

• Military historians, or individuals with demonstrated archival research abilities and familiarity with the activities of the Canadian Forces in the North.

The required art forms and skills for this project include carving, sculpting, installation art, painting, murals, graphics, printmaking etc.

Enthusiasm and the ability to clearly articulate a concept from design to production and installation are primary criteria for selection.

Teams must be comprised of both experienced artists who can lead the project and emerging artists who are committed to pursuing their further creative development.

Selected team members will be contracted by the Yellowknife Royal Canadian Legion Branch #164 – Yellowknife and must comply with any relevant Legion and Canadian Forces policies.

Call the Legion for how to submit your proposal.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.