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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


In a time where we need community and solidarity more than ever, let us come together and remember that 27 years ago, on December 6th, a massacre occurred in an Canadian university that shook our nation. 

 A young man walked in École Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada and killed 14 women and injured another 10.

Because they were women.

Before he opened fire, Lépine shouted: "You're all a bunch of feminists, and I hate feminists!"

We want to commemorate this difficult day by remembering the women who were killed on December 6th but also by talking about the women that continue to experience violence today. Every day.

We realized that students today were not even born at the time of the December 6 shootings.

But they are not living in a society free from violence against women. This year, it is estimated that 70 women will die in Canada at the hands of violence by their partner. But beyond that, thousands of women face violence in the form of harassment, assault, intimate partner violence and many other forms of abuse. We want to stand with these women as well.

We are meeting on December 1st in the Meeting Place from noon to one for a ceremony to highlight the 70 women killed this year in Canada specifically, the 14 killed in Montreal in 1989 and countless others in our stand against violence against women.

We will talk about the many woman that are affected by violence  - we will think about trans women, disabled women, racialized women, indigenous women. We will remember family members and friends, neighbours that identify as women.

We stand as women and men together.

Please join us for this ceremony. Light snacks will be provided.


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