“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known as December 6th, is a nationally recognized day that marks the anniversary of the 1989 murders of 14 female students and staff at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. These women were killed, in a cowardly act of violence, simply because they were female. This day serves as a call to action for us in the community to work towards ending the epidemic of gender-based violence that continues today. It falls within the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
According to Statistics Canada (2011), Manitoba and Saskatchewan have the highest rates of violence against women out of all the provinces. This violence takes many forms, including the systemic mistreatment of Indigenous women, as reflected by the ongoing National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
To find out more information about December 6th, please see the Government of Canada’s website.