Flags at Half Mast – National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women

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Today is December 6,which is recognized in Canada as National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women. Flags at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Building and Queens Place Emera Centre are flown at half mast on December 6 in observance of this day. 

It is now 32 years since the mass shooting in which 14 young women were killed and 13 other people were injured at École Polytechnique in Montreal. An armed man separated the women from the men in a classroom and murdered them because they were women.  As a result of this violent act, in 1991 (2 years later), the Parliament of Canada declared December 6 to be a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On December 6, people across Canada remember the young women who died that day. Their names were 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.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, police services, shelters, and community organizations across Canada have reported a marked increase in calls related to gender-based violence. On National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women take a moment to remember those who have experienced gender-based violence and those lost as a result of it. We can help prevent and address gender-based violence by remembering and learning from our past, listening to survivors, and speaking up against harmful behaviour and the misogyny that still exists today.

Learn more here: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – Women and Gender Equality Canada