Nunatsiavut: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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Nunatsiavut: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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by ahnationtalk on December 6, 202139 Views


December 6, 2021

Today marks the 30th anniversary of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Established in 1991 by the Government of Canada, this day honours 14 young women who were shot and killed on December 6, 1989, at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique.

These women were targeted simply because of their gender and they had chosen to study engineering, a field traditionally dominated by men. Today we remember the following:

Geneviève Bergeron Hélène Colgan 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 Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

As we remember those whose lives have been taken away, it is important we continue to raise awareness about the misogyny that still is very much present in our communities, region, province and country. We also remember the many other victims of gender-based violence, including 2SLGBTQQIA+ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, plus) and gender diverse individuals who regularly face discrimination, ridicule and profound acts of violence.

I encourage Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement to wear a purple ribbon today, or an article of purple clothing, as an important symbol of remembrance to women everywhere who have lost their lives to violence.

As a memorial to the 14 young women who were killed on December 6, 1989, and to all those who have lost their lives to gender-based violence, flags are being flown at half mast today at Nunatsiavut Government buildings.

Media Contact:

Bert Pomeroy, Director of Communications
(709) 896-8582

NT5

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