On December 6th WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre, VCC and SUVCC commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day in 1989 a gunman entered Montreal’s École Polytechnique. He purposely separated the men and women in the classroom and shot 14 women to death.
Remembering this horrific event is an annual reminder of how widespread violence against women is in our society and how important it is to take action against it. We need an end to violence against women NOW. We’ve had enough of women dying from men’s violence, dying from shame and harassment after sexual assault, dying from a legacy of colonization and racism, dying from misogyny and rape culture. We are coming together to connect, grieve, and honour our ways forward.
This year, we are focussing on violence against Indigenous women and against the earth. We are screening the Highway of Tears film and holding a panel discussion. Panelists include: Toni Gladstone, Juanita Desjarlais, and Rebecca Brass. Coffee/tea and snacks will be provided.