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‘Candles and Roses’ in remembrance of victims of femicide

December 22, 2015   ·   0 Comments

On December 6, 1989, between 5:10–5:30 p.m., female students at École Polytechnique de Montréal, were the victims of a school shooting – a mass murder that led to the death of 14 innocents.
The perpetrator, 25 year old Marc Lépine, a woman hater, shot 28 women with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle and then cowardly turned the gun on himself.
Lépine began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” and calling the women “a bunch of feminists,” he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot.
His suicide note, according to Wikipedia, claimed political motives and blamed feminists for ruining his life. The note included a list of 19 Quebec women whom Lépine considered to be feminists and apparently wished to kill.
Since the attack, the anniversary of the massacre has since been named the ‘National Day of Remembrance’ and ‘Action on Violence Against Women’.
Locally, the day is remembered by My Sister’s Place, the local women and children’s shelter in Alliston.
On Sunday, MSP held a ‘Roses and Candles’ event at Town Square, Alliston, to honour the memory of the victims – and all victims of femicide.
“Each year My Sister’s Place along with other shelters across Canada hold vigils to remember the women that have died because of gender biased violence,” said Jennifer Cloutier-Jury, public relations and fundraising coordinator for MSP. “This year, we held a Candle and Roses Event where the community was encouraged to come out, light a candle for the fallen women and girls, enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and find out how to take action on violence against women and girls.”
In November, the month dedicated to ending Violence Against Women, MSP sold purple infinity scarves (purple being the colour of strength and survival, like a Purple Heart in US military custom) to raise funds and awareness for the local shelter.
“Sunday was the last day to buy a #WrappedInCourage scarf,” said Cloutier-Jury. “Because of the awesome support we’ve received with this campaign, we’ll have another new item for purchase next November.”
At Sunday’s event, participants were encouraged to wear their purple scarf; light a candle in remembrance of the 14 women killed in Montreal or for Aboriginal women that have been killed or gone missing and all women in Canada who have died because of gender based violence. Guests were also asked to sign a pledge to end violence against women.
“We stood together as a community, and lit these candle for those who are currently lost, to take action to end violence against women,” said Cloutier-Jury. “We invite any members of the public who were not able to come out and support this event, to raise awareness themselves, and take their own stand against violence and support the services My Sister’s Place provides to the community of South Simcoe.”
For more information please visit the My Sister’s Place website at www.mysistersplace.ca or their Facebook page.
If you or someone you know is the victim of abuse, call the shelter hotline anytime at 705 435-3835 or cal toll free at 800 461-5419.

By Wendy Gabrek

Photos by Wendy Gabrek École Polytechnique Massacre victims remembered in Alliston – On Sunday, My Sister’s Place (MSP), the local women and children’s shelter, hosted its annual ‘Candles & Roses Event’, at Town Square in Alliston, in honour of the National Day of Remembrance, named for the 14 victims of  the École Polytechnique Massacre, which took place on December 6, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec. The event was also dedicated to Aboriginal women that have been killed or gone missing and all women in Canada who have died because of gender based violence this year. Pictured: members of council (Ward 1 Marc Biss, Ward 2 Michael Beattie, Ward 3 JJ Paul Whiteside, Ward 5 Donna Jebb), join MSP representatives in a moment of silence for all victims of “femicide”.

Photos by Wendy Gabrek
École Polytechnique Massacre victims remembered in Alliston – On Sunday, My Sister’s Place (MSP), the local women and children’s shelter, hosted its annual ‘Candles & Roses Event’, at Town Square in Alliston, in honour of the National Day of Remembrance, named for the 14 victims of the École Polytechnique Massacre, which took place on December 6, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec. The event was also dedicated to Aboriginal women that have been killed or gone missing and all women in Canada who have died because of gender based violence this year. Pictured: members of council (Ward 1 Marc Biss, Ward 2 Michael Beattie, Ward 3 JJ Paul Whiteside, Ward 5 Donna Jebb), join MSP representatives in a moment of silence for all victims of “femicide”.

A facts and information table was set up in honour of the victims of the Montreal massacre. Additional information was also provided regarding missing an murdered aboriginal women and girls.

A facts and information table was set up in honour of the victims of the Montreal massacre. Additional information was also provided regarding missing an murdered aboriginal women and girls.

         


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