December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women falls during the 16 Days of Activism, and this powerful day is observed to remember the women who were murdered during the tragic mass shooting at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989. To honour the 14 women who were murdered at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989, across Canada, we post lists of them, wear buttons with their names, wear white ribbons, and call them out during candlelight vigils and we will all remember who they were.
What can you do on Dec. 6?
- Read the names of the 14 women who were murdered and share their story with others.
- To learn more about each of these women, please visit the CBC’s Remember the 14 commemorative feature.
- Observe a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.
- Wear a white ribbon to show your support and to remember and honour the 14 women who were murdered.
This year, WGEC has purchased white ribbons to wear on December 6th to be handed out around campus. You can pick up your FREE WHITE RIBBON at the Travelling Interactive Dress Sculpture displays, the library 16 Days displays, and the 16 Days information tables hosted by the CCSS during their Campus Life Days, in the atrium of the CBA building at Interurban on Mondays and Tuesdays, Nov 27 and 28 and Dec 4 and 5, and in the Fisher lobby at Lansdowne on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Nov 29 and 30 and Dec 6.
For more information about important dates and actions you can take during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, check out our earlier post: <CCFA post link here>
Also, visit the Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) of Canada 16 Days of Activism 2023 campaign site for more information: https://women-gender-equality.canada.ca/en/commemorations-celebrations/16-days/16-days-2023.html
Sarah McCagherty (שרה רנה)
Co-CCFA rep on the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) Women and Gender Equity Committee and Co-Chair of the Camosun Women and Gender Equity Committee
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