Guelph Candlelight Vigil Commemorates
Montreal Massacre and Women killed in Ontario in 2011
December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 pm, all are invited to participate in a candlelight vigil at The Boathouse, 116 Gordon Street, Guelph to remember the 14 women murdered at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6th, 1989. Every year, hundreds of women in Canada are seriously injured or killed at the hands of an intimate partner. In 2011, in Ontario alone, 23 women and children have died at the hands of an intimate partner. In each of these cases, the partner of the woman has been charged in connection with the death of the woman or has committed suicide.
“On December 6th, we come together to remember, reflect and respond to the 14 women who were shot in 1989. We remember those who have been taken from us, we reflect on the prevalence of violence in our communities and we respond to social injustices that perpetuate gender based violence,” says Jessica St. Peter, Public Educator at Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis. “We want a response and we want change! Since 1990, 476 of our family, friends and neighbours have been taken. The women victimized by violence are someone’s mother, sister, cousin, aunt, grandmother or daughter. We come together as a community to say that there is no excuse for abuse, and to remember that for many, violence is an all too real part of everyday existence”.
Please join together on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6:00pm to participate in the vigil.
Media Contact for December 6th Vigil:
Jessica St. Peter
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, Public Educator
519-836-1110 ext. 234