Local residents honour Montreal Massacre victims

Remembrance event

Remembering victims of the Montreal Massacre U of T commemorates Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

On the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, local social agencies across the province are honouring women who are victims of violence and joining supporters across the country in a national day of remembrance.

"Today is a day to reflect on the reality that violence against women and girls remains pervasive in our society". December 6 is a day to remember them and all women who have lost their lives to violence. In total, he killed 14 women and injured 10 women and 4 men in his rampage.

In 1989, 14 women were shot to death at the Ecole Polytechnique by Marc Lépine, who then turned the gun on himself.

"It brought a very acute spotlight onto violence against women that it just doesn't happen in our homes or in far away places".

Fourteen women lost their lives to violence on December 6, 1989. It is the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. In Canada, a woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner every 6 days.

Saying the voices of Indigenous women, one of the most victimized groups in the world, have been ignored for 500 years, Smoke urged agencies promoting the safety of women to work with First Nations communities, an offer Herenda accepted.

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"We are not truly thriving if members of our community are allowed to suffer from pervasive abuse and discrimination", says Bertsch, the U of C's sexual violence support advocate. The results provided important data on the realities of women experiencing violence. As part of this effort, we invite Canadians to share what they will do to end this violence by using the hashtag #MYActionsMatter and to take a pledge to help end gender-based violence.

Gender-based violence is "heinous and senseless", Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, conference co-chair, said.

"The most important message that we want to convey as men is that violence against women, of any kind, is not right".

To create change, it is essential to recognize that the issue of violence against women knows no frontiers.

Her voice quivered on Wednesday as she got emotional about the year we're living in and things not seeming to be getting any better when it comes to violence against women.

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