Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Remembering Montreal and indigenous women

Remembering Montreal and indigenous women

This event, deemed the Montreal massacre, is now etched in Canadian history.

Women who lost their lives to violence were remembered at city hall with music, candles and a moment of silence.

It's worth remembering that December 6th is also National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which was created in direct response to the Polytechnique tragedy.

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"Dec. 6 is the day we remember the women who died and recommit to taking action on violence against women and girls until our streets, our campuses, and our homes are safe", said Marlene Gorman, YWCA Sudbury executive director. In Canada, a woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner every 6 days.

My Sisters' Place will host a gathering Wednesday to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

A co-founder of the Victim Justice Network, de Villiers said that while strides had been made in the effort to combat violence, more work is needed. And there are way too many voices out there right now going in the other direction.

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The data compiled from this survey provided tools for unions and women's organizations to pressure the federal and provincial governments to take concrete action on the issues.

Women between the ages of 15 and 24 experience the highest rates of violence, with Indigenous women more than three times as likely to report being a victim of spousal violence as non-Indigenous woman.

"I think it's an award that stems from a awful tragedy, and I think this is an excellent way to try to turn that around years later and make something positive of the fact that women are now recognized as making important contributions in engineering", she said.

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The men in the crowd wear white ribbons, a symbol of their commitment to be a part of the solution, promoting gender equity, healthy relationships and a new version of masculinity.

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