Fact Sheet: Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation (NFNM)

  • Green Cove is the site suggested by Neil MacKinnon at the time President of Canadian Command Army, Navy, and Air Force Veterans Association.
  • NFNM will be given a license of occupation to Green Cove to build Green Cove and gift the Memorial to the Government of Canada. The land has not been sold to NFNM.
  • Green Cove has been dynamited twice, had a village (1870’s to 1930's), has a paved parking lot, trail, a boardwalk and a commemorative bench. 
  • The threatened Jack Pine forest is 5 kms north of Green Cove.
  • The NFNM will be responsible for raising a maintenance endowment fund which will be given to Parks Canada to maintain the Memorial site.
  • The NFNM will make the site safer by adding guard rails – 2 people died at the site in recent years.
  • The NFNM will make the site accessible for mobility challenged persons.
  • A Bank of Canada poll said many Canadians did not know Vimy Ridge existed, many thought the $20 bill’s reverse featured the Twin Towers of New York.
  • Green Cove is not the only “rare outcropping “in the area; witness Bluff Head, Lakies Head, Mackinnon’s Cove and the many unnamed heads found along the 15 km trail from Black Brook to Jigging Cove and all the way to Money Point which is outside the Park.
  • The NFNM will take up 0.4 hectares of the 26,000 hectare Black Brook Granite Suite a staggering 0.0015384 % of that feature. 75 % of Green Cove Head will still be exposed under safer conditions when construction is finished.
  • 28 Former Senior Park Managers were caught in a lie when they declared in an open letter to the Environment Minister that the Green Cove site was in an ecologically sensitive Wilderness Zone Designation and against Parks policy. When found out, George Mercer, one of the cosigners, confessed to his mistake on his blog, “Warden’s Stories". Read More: George Mercer: Warden's Stories, "Eating Crow..."
  • Acting Superintendent, Derek Quann, confirmed that the NFNM project at Green Cove met the terms for a Zone 4 Designation which allows for a broad range of opportunities for education and recreation along with the infrastructure and facilities required to enhance the visitor’s enjoyment in this site.
  • The NFNM meets the criterion for the Park’s mandate to preserve and present the cultural resources and their stories in the nearby Ingonish and the area known locally as North of Smokey.
  • This area had the highest recruitment rate per capita than any other place in Canada during both Great Wars.
  • Across the water in New Waterford they had to stop recruiting during WWII because they thought the mines’ production would suffer.
  • New Waterford, for a town of similar size, had the highest recruitment rate during WWII than any other town in the whole of the British Commonwealth.
  • There is an indigenous Metis population in the area North of Smokey. 
  • In WWI, 4000 aboriginals with Indian Status went to war - 300 made the ultimate sacrifice; almost 50 % of the eligible military age males among the Maliseets and Mi’kmaq joined in the conflict.
  • The statue of Mother Canada is modeled after Canada Bereft at the Vimy Monument in France: the change was that Mother Canada has her arms outstretched welcoming home the more than 114, 000 fallen Canadians who never made it back –none of those men and ladies thought they would spend Eternity in a foreign land – they want to go home.
  • Journalist, Jane Taber, speaks of the split between the 300 people living at Green Cove; no one has lived at Green Cove since the late 1930's when the land was expropriated.
  • There is no hotel, no restaurant, and no 300 car parking lot – there is a plan for an additional 60 stalls for cars + 2 parking places for buses which currently cannot safely access the site.
  • The construction of the Interpretive Centre, the parking lot and other facilities will be mostly in the area of the current paved parking lot and on the rubble from the blasting to create the world famous Cabot Trail just off the site.
  • Sewage will not be flushed into the ocean but into cisterns. [Currently there are no facilities -a quick run to the bushes is required when you are “short taken".]
  • Day time activity and the lack of lights will not affect the lobster fishery as these creatures are nocturnal.
  • The statue is about 80 feet and her grey appearance is in keeping with the longing to welcome her lost children home. She is simply adorned and reflects the grey/pink granite of the site.