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Regina organizations, businesses honouring victims of Montreal massacre

07 December 2017, 02:32 | Kelvin Horton

Regina organizations, businesses honouring victims of Montreal massacre

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Fourteen young women, almost all of them in their early twenties, shot dead by a gunman who blamed successful women for his own unhappy life.

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.

Family members and loved ones of the women slain will also be present, along with every Montrealer who wishes to attend.

Ceremonies will take place in Montreal and across the country to honour the lives lost and to continue to call for an end to violence against women. A victim, her mother says, of someone with a violent past who targeted women.

Mercifully, there were no new local names to add to the list of victims this year, said Andy Lou Somers, with East Prince Women's Information Centre and one of the memorial's organizers.

This week also wraps up 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence Kamloops, a first-ever collaboration between TRU Status of Women Committee, Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre, the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Y Women's Shelter and TRU's Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Manager.


"Unions have a significant role to play in ensuring women's safety at home and in the workplace and in advocating for support for women facing violence every day".

On December 6, 1989, 14 women were killed by a gunman at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.

Shelley Yeo is the assistant executive director at ANOVA and tells 980 CFPL community involvement is key to fighting violence against women. Nirmala Armstrong, herself once a victim of domestic violence, said.

"The university, the educational system is a very special and important place and it's important to value education, especially in fields like STEM where it provides opportunities for people where diverse backgrounds and opinions are needed very much", she says. "Together we have a responsibility to foster a culture of respect and inclusion".

"It is an issue of power and control", she says of gender-based violence, then and now.

"It's with the presence of those women and all the women who were in engineering before us that we're able to study", she said after the ceremony.



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