Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse (PCAWA) in partnership with the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) and the City of Mississuga's Cultural Division will be hosting a rose vigil to remember the 14 women who lost their lives on December 6th, 1989 in the Montreal Massacre at École Polytechnique, along with the 32 women who have lost their lives to gender-based violence in Peel Region in the past 10 years and the many missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada. PCAWA's annual vigil ceremony will be held from 5-6 pm at Mississauga's City Hall in the Great Hall and will include live singing performances, poetry and inspirational survivor speakers.
A shoe memorial of over 500 pairs of shoes will be on display in the Great Hall for the entire day of Dec 6th. The shoe memorial was originally adopted from the City of Vancouver's Shoe Memorial (http://shoememorial.com). Similarly, each pair of shoes at this event will be representative of the women and girls across Canada that have lost their lives due to gender-based violence.