A participant lays a rose next to a candle at a vigil in Courtenay, for the 14 women who lost their lives on Dec. 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Record file photo

A participant lays a rose next to a candle at a vigil in Courtenay, for the 14 women who lost their lives on Dec. 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Record file photo

December 6 vigil remembers Montreal Massacre, 29 years later

Vigil to be held at Comox Valley Art Gallery plaza

In honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Comox Valley Transition Society is partnering with Honouring Our Sisters and Comox Valley Art Gallery to host a vigil on Thursday, Dec. 6 at noon at the Art Gallery.

December 6 will be the 29th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where 14 young women were gunned down simply because they were women who were studying to become engineers. Every six days in Canada, a woman is murdered by a current or former partner. Due to racism and the impacts of colonization, Indigenous women have been particularly impacted. Indigenous women’s organizations believe that, over the last several decades, up to 4,000 Indigenous women are missing or have been murdered.

On Dec. 6, all women whose lives have been taken away as a result of male violence against women are remembered and honoured. They are sisters, mothers, daughters, aunties, cousins, wives, partners and friends. They have been taken from us too soon.

Everyone is welcome to join us on Dec. 6 for a vigil that will include the traditional laying of the roses, songs and speakers. Also, information will be shared about plans for the final ceremonies for Walking With Our Sisters, which was hosted by K’ómoks First Nation in 2015, with several hundred local residents assisting as volunteers.

For more information, please call 250-897-0511.