Montreal Massacre Candlelight Vigil
December 6 @ 5:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Ann Davis Transition Society and the University of the Fraser Valley Partner to Raise Awareness of Gender Based Violence
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for each and every one of us to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world.
“In Chilliwack we are no different than our neighbours unfortunately” explains Patti MacAhonic, Executive Director of Ann Davis Transition Society, “our Stopping the Violence Women’s counselling services wait lists hover between 160 to 200 women waiting for counselling and our Transition House which shelters women and children fleeing violence houses over 600 a year, with unaffordable housing we are full most of the time. In the last 3 months we turned away 300 women and children due to lack of beds, this is also happening across the province. This means that women and their children are being forced to stay in violent situations and the incidences of violence against women and deaths of women are rising. We need prevention services and public awareness of this crisis situation for women and children.”
PLEASE JOIN the University of the Fraser Valley and Ann Davis Transition Society on December 6th at 5:15 pm under the white tent at the 5 corners UFV campus for the National Day of Mourning and Action on Violence Against Women ceremony. There will be complimentary hot chocolate and cookies as well as counsellors available after the ceremony. All are welcome.