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How to Show Support, Stand in Solidarity this December 6th

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2019 marks 30 years since 14 women were murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in a gender-based attack that later resulted in the establishment of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, acknowledged each anniversary.

Three decades on and the YWCA is still supporting women who are fleeing gender-based violence every day. This year we are joining YWCAs across Canada, calling on landmarks to 'Light the Night' on December 6 to remember the women lost to violence and to remind Canadians that this reality continues for many women today. Read on for how you can show your support and stand in solidarity through events across Vancouver this December 6.

16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence begin November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and end December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The 16 days are an opportunity to galvanize action and activism, and there's a number of events happening across Vancouver where you can find out more, get involved and show your support:

Events in Vancouver:

Monday 25 November, 2019

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Vigil 
Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW)

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Memorial Stone, Crab Park, Main St and Waterfront Road
4 - 5pm

PAFNW is bringing together artists, poets, singers and speakers to help remember and honor the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Attendees are invited to participated in an open mic, and to bring their own drums, songs and prayers. 

Shine the Light
Soroptimist International of the Langleys and Ishtar Women's Resource Society 

Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley
6 – 7:30pm

A Candlelight Vigil to stand in solidarity with all women and those who have been the victims of domestic and other forms of violence. This year's vigil will be held at the Fort Langley Community Hall in the front courtyard, rain or shine. All ages welcome.

BWSS 40 Years Later: An Evening with Tarana Burke
Battered Women's Support Services

The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street

Tarana Burke, Founder of the ‘me too’ Movement and advocate for survivors of sexual violence shares her powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors. Includes a special screening of BWSS 40 years later documentary and special guest performers.

Documentary: Marker of Change: The Story of the Women's Monument
Free to stream from November 25

Within hours of the 1989 attack, everyone knew the name of the murderer but few would remember the names of the women. A group of Vancouver feminists set out to create a national monument to name and remember the 14 women, killed solely because they were female. Marker of Change: The Story of the Women's Monument documents a seven-year struggle to create "something loving, something permanent" for all women murdered by men. Over 6,000 groups and individuals contributed to the monument before it was completed.

Wednesday 27 November, 2019

14 Not Forgotten Ceremony
UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society

UBC Engineering Student Center
11am – 2pm

Join the UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society for their 14 Not Forgotten Ceremony to acknowledge the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Friday 6 December, 2019

Ceremony at the Women's Monument 
Women's Monument Committee

Women's Monument, Thornton Park 
10 - 10:30am

This year, 30 years after the massacre, the Women's Monument Committee is holding a 10am ceremony with a gathering of supporters.

Vancouver Beam of Light Ceremony
The University of British Columbia

Where: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UC
When: Friday 6 December, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3pm

UBC will be one of 14 universities participating in a 30th anniversary memorial event together with the École Polytechnique. Join UBC in honoring the lives lost and taking part in the “Beam of Light Ceremony”, which will be held at each of the participating universities and simulcast on CBC. The UBC ceremony will include a simulcast of Beam of Light Ceremony on Mount Royal in Montreal with speeches by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette.

End Violence Against Women 9th Annual Candlelight Vigil
Public Service Alliance of Canada West Fraser Valley Area Council and New Westminster & District Labour Council

Holland Park, Surrey, BC
6 - 7pm

Free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible. Please bring an item to donate to local women’s organizations.

WAVAW December 6th Event
WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
312 Main Street
6 - 8pm 

Join WAVAW to reflect on this tragedy, and hear how gender-based violence still impacts our communities today. There will be a performance by Butterflies in Spirit, and light refreshments will be provided. WAVAW is requesting that attendees bring an umbrella or new socks to be donated to WISH Drop In Centre as admission.

Commémoration massacre de l’école Polytechnique
Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique

Commemorative Bench in front of Applied Science Building at SFU (east parking lot)
7 - 8pm

Join Réseau-Femmes to light candles in memory of the 14 young women and discuss the situation 30 years later, before going to warm up for a drink or dinner. This event is open to anyone wishing to join the commemoration. Registration is required to reserve a table after the commemoration.

Light the Night
YWCA Metro Vancouver
From 5pm

YWCA Metro Vancouver is inviting major landmarks in Vancouver to ‘Light the Night’ to remember the women murdered on December 6th, 1989 and remind Canadians that gender-based violence remains a broad-based social problem that requires a systemic response. Vancouver City Hall, BC Place, Canada Place Sails and Science World will be participating, among others. Know a landmark that should get involved? Let us know.

Banner photo: A memorial to the victims of the L’Ecole Polytechnique attack. Photo courtesy of the Province of B.C.


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