National Day of Remembrance

Content warning: Violence against Women-December 6th massacre, murdered and missing indigenous women


Gender-based violence continues to be a rising issue in Canada. Violent acts bred from hate, misogyny, homophobia and racism continue to increase, especially towards Women. On December 6th, 1989, fourteen young women were murdered by a gunman chanting “I hate Feminists” at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. December 6th has been named the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

Although 2019 marks the 30th anniversary since this tragic massacre, issues around gender-based violence have yet to improve in any real way. When talking about domestic homicide, it is important to note that over 70% of victims are women. The number of women who don’t report their physical or psychological abuse is on the rise through no fault of their own, but due to a lack of action and seeming indifference within our society and systems. The rising number of murdered and missing indigenous women is one of the most frustrating and heartbreaking examples of how these gender-based acts of violence and injustice continue to plague our country.Dec-6-Memorial-Plaque

Winnipeg remembers and honours the 14 victims of the December 6th massacre with events and memorials around the city:

  • 10am-11am Annual Memorial – Manitoba Legislative Building, gather to honour the women who were killed and remember the Manitoba women who have died in the past year
  • 12pm-1pm on December 6th there will be 231 Calls to Justice at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Hosted by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Girls liaison, MKO Inc., the 231 Calls for Justice are “231 steps that need to be taken by governments and Canadians to end the genocide of Indigenous women and girls.”

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On December 6th, join us in honouring and remembering Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colga, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.