23rd Annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

Each year on December 6th the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) remembers Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte and Barbara Klucznick Widajewicz. As we reflect on the lives of these 14 women who were tragically killed in the École Polytechnique massacre 23 years ago, we are called to action to end gender based violence which remains an ongoing reality in Canada.

CFUW has issued a joint press release with a coalition of women’s groups, labour and shelters to call on the Government of Canada to develop a National Action Plan to End Violence against Women, and to initiate a public inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. You can read the full press release here.

There are many ways for individuals to take action this December 6th, including the following:

  • Participate in the YWCA Canada’s annual Rose campaign by emailing your MP to help educate them on the issue of violence against women. Visit the Rose Campaign website to send your message, which is also available in French.
  • Distribute this handout prepared by the Coalition for Gun Control, which highlights the issue of gun related violence perpetrated against women. You can also contact your provincial/territorial politicians and your Member of Parliament and tell them you expect them to stand up for gun control. Visit the CGC’s Get Involved page here for contact details.
  • Help urge the Government of Canada to initiate a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls by collecting signatures for a petition . You can check out the Native Women’s Association’s Community Resource Guide entitled “What Can I Do to Help the Families of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls?” 

You can also participate in events and vigils in your local community. Please refer to the list below for some of these events:

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Kelowna
Candlelight Vigil

Mission
Commemorative Service & Candle lighting

Vancouver
Shoe Memorial

Vancouver

8th Annual December 6 Commemorative Event – speaker Shelagh Day

Vancouver
Vigil and Film Screening

Penticton
Candlelight Walk and Vigil (December 9)

Prince George
Shoe Memorial

Victoria
Candlelight Vigil

 

ALBERTA

Calgary
Memorial and Candle Lighting

 

SASKATCHEWAN

Regina
Vigil (December 4)

Moose Jaw
Memorial Luncheon

Saskatoon (December 9)
Memorial and Candlelight Vigil

 

MANITOBA

Winnipeg
Sunrise Memorial

Winnipeg
Memorial Luncheon

 

ONTARIO

Barrie
Commemoration Gathering

Brockville
Vigil and Walk

Orangeville & Caledon, ON
Vigil

London
Ritual of Remembering

Midland
Memorial Service

Ottawa

Candlelight vigil

Owen Sound
Remembrance Ceremony

Port Elgin

Vigil

St. Thomas
Candlelight Vigil

Thunder Bay
Candlelight Memorial Service

Toronto
Commemoration and Remembrance

Toronto
Candlelight Vigil

 

QUEBEC

Montreal
Memorial Gathering and March

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

Moncton
Candlelight Vigil

Fredericton
Memorial Service

 

NOVA SCOTIA

Halifax
Generations of Hope Gathering

 PEI

Summerside, Chalottetown and O’Leary

Memorial Services

NEWFOUNDLAND

St. John’s
Candlelight Procession

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