The Comox Valley Transition Society and the Comox Valley Art Gallery will host a vigil at noon on Monday, Dec. 6, on the plaza in front of the Art Gallery, in honor of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. (Photo of previous ceremony supplied)

The Comox Valley Transition Society and the Comox Valley Art Gallery will host a vigil at noon on Monday, Dec. 6, on the plaza in front of the Art Gallery, in honor of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. (Photo of previous ceremony supplied)

Vigil at Comox Valley Art Gallery will mark the anniversary of Montreal massacre

In honor of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Comox Valley Transition Society and the Comox Valley Art Gallery will host a vigil at noon on Monday, Dec. 6, on the plaza in front of the Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Ave in downtown Courtenay.

The vigil will follow COVID safety protocols, and attendees are asked to maintain social distance, use sanitizer, and wear masks.

Dec. 6 is the anniversary of the Montreal massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique, where 14 young women were murdered by a gunman who said he hated feminists.

“While this is a day of remembrance, we must continue to view violence against women in its current context,” said Stasia Hasumi of Comox Valley Transition Society.

“Given the startling increase of gender-based violence since the onset of the pandemic it is more important than ever to be having these public conversations.”

Hasumi noted the vigils and other memorials will be held across the country on Dec. 6.

“We must remember those who have been taken from us, including the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls,” she said.

“We honour the strength and resilience of survivors, and we recommit to working towards a world that is free of gender-based violence.”