Mourners surround a candle with 14 roses

Mourners surround a candle with 14 roses

Sunday vigil to mark 26th anniversary of Montreal Massacre

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery

  • Nov. 30, 2015 6:00 p.m.

In honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Comox Valley Transition Society and Honouring Our Sisters will host a vigil on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay.

Dec. 6 will be the 26th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where 14 young women were gunned down simply because they were women who were studying to become engineers. Over the last 40 years, approximately 1,200 indigenous women have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada.  Every six days, a woman is murdered by a current or former partner.

On Dec. 6, all women whose lives have been lost 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 cared for and they are loved.  But they have been taken from us too soon.

Everyone is welcome to join us on Dec. 6 for a vigil that will include a performance by the Kumugwe Dancers, speakers, songs, and the traditional laying of the roses.  For more information, please call 250-897-0511.

Comox Valley Transition Society provides a range of services, including safe shelter, a crisis line and counselling, for women who have experienced abuse in relationships, and their children, as well as a support group for men seeking a non-judgmental forum to deal with the pressures of everyday life.

Honouring Our Sisters is made up of community members who came together during last summer’s Walking With Our Sisters memorial and wish to continue the work of honouring missing and murdered indigenous women and raising awareness.