To catch fire. To Erupt. To Wake. To Spark.
The Ignite Project is a project to raise awareness about gender-based violence by building a memorial to honour those affected by gender-based violence in Canada. It was started by Avery Saunters and Kirsten Nicholson after a fellow Nipissing University student, Lindsay Wilson, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.
When the project began Avery and Kirsten shared these words:
“What started out, as an idea has become a reality. After a realization that no nation-wide memorial existed in Canada to honour all murdered and missing women and survivors of violence, we decided that needed to change.
This memorial is to be inclusive of all women across Canada who have been affected by violence and continue to be affected by violence today. We want to recognize that these women are not just numbers in a statistic, but people in our homes and our communities.
This memorial is for our mothers, our daughters, our sisters and our friends
This memorial is for the women we have lost and for the courage of the survivors
This memorial is for the missing and murdered Indigenous women
This memorial honours every single woman who has ever experienced violence in their lifetime.
We are calling this project Ignite.
Ignite: To catch fire. To erupt. To wake. To spark.
We ignite to re-spark this movement to end all violence against women. We ignite to raise awareness, to empower, and to make change. We ignite to give a voice to the stories that went unwritten and the stories that go untold. We ignite to raise hope."
This Ignite Monument now stands at Wharf Rd. and Bracebridge Bay. The monument acknowledges and remembers all women who have been affected by violence. It represents connection, diversity and unity. It is an inclusive space for learning, reflection and to ignite change.