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:
Vigil and Film Screening
Candlelight Walk and Vigil (December 9)
Memorial and Candle Lighting
Vigil (December 4)
Saskatoon (December 9)
Memorial and Candlelight Vigil
Vigil and Walk
Orangeville & Caledon, ON
Ritual of Remembering
Candlelight Memorial Service
Commemoration and Remembrance
Memorial Gathering and March
Generations of Hope Gathering
Summerside, Chalottetown and O’Leary