There will be a Candlelight Vigil at 1:30 p.m. on December 6 in Nelson at City Hall to commemorate the Montreal Massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique in 1989 where 14 Women, all but one of them students anticipating the promise of bright futures, were murdered.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women is held every December 6th because there is still a need.
The vigil mourns the murders of Genevieve Bergeron, 21;Helene Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23; Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie Edward, 21; Maud Havienick, 29; Barabara Maria Klucznik, 31; Maryse Laganiere, 25; Maryse Leclair, 23; Anne-Marie Lemay, 27; Sonia Pelletier, 28; Michele Richard, 21; Annie St.- Arneault, 23 and Annie Turcotte, 21.
This is the 30-year anniversary of December 6th, the Violence against Women in Relationships Committee (VAWIR) and the Nelson chapter would ike to invite community members to remember the significance of this day by gathering with us on the grounds of Nelson City Hall.
The vigil will include drumming, songs, a speaker and the traditional laying of the roses. In addition, silhouettes of women with statistics and resources will be placed throughout downtown Baker street as a visual reminder of what was lost 30 years ago, and how we are currently working to end gender based violence.
This event is not only about remembering but is about calling for change by supporting and valuing the lives of the people who are most impacted by violence and commemorates these 14 women and to stand in solidarity against gender based violence.