Twenty eight years ago today, 14 women were killed in a shooting massacre at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. It was the worst mass shooting in Canada’s history. Today has been held as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women since 1991.
The city of London hosted their own event to remember and honor all these victims. My Sisters Place held a candle lit vigil today in hopes to raise awareness and to stop gender based violence. Dozens of women from all different ethnic backgrounds gathered to show their support. Each candle that was lit was in memory of someones life who tragically taken away too soon due to gender and violence
The event is put on by Brescia College, Canada’s only women college. Susan McFeil, Director of women’s programs at CHM Middlesex and Director at My Sister’s Place was glad to being hosting the event this year . She believes it’s the perfect place to hold such a gathering.
“We’re a community of women who experience a lot of marginalization, poverty, homelessness, trauma and abuse. The women at My Sister Place do experience a lot of violence and as well as a lot of systemic violence could also participate too”