November 12, 2013

December 6 Memorial Events at UBC

The UBC December 6th Memorial Committee is hosting a series of events and initiatives for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. Please promote these events to your networks. We hope to see everyone very soon. 

To give you a bit of context, on December 6, 1989, an armed man walked into an engineering class at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. After forcing the men to leave, he stated that he hated feminists and started shooting the women in the class, then other places on campus. By the end of the shooting, he had killed 14 women and committed suicide.

As a result of these acts of violence, and the link that was made between these acts and everyday sexism, Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. The day marks not only the anniversary of the massacre, but reminds us of continuing acts of gender-based violence against women in Canada and around the world. As a day of action, it prompts us to take steps to end violence against women.

Silkscreen a T-shirt and talk about issues related to violence against women.
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 7:00pm –9:00pm
    Place Vanier Residence, Shrum Lounge

Attend this memorial for the 14 women who were killed at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, as well as the countless other women who have been victims of gender-based violence. Show your support. Reception to follow.
    Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 12:30pm
    Outside the Wayne & William White Engineering Design Centre at 2345 East Mall

Stop by and light a candle to remember the events of December 6, 1989 and acknowledge the impacts that gender-based violence has on all of us.
    Friday, December 6, 2013 from 11:00am– 3:00pm
    SUB Concourse, beside the AMS Art Gallery

All events are free and everyone is welcome! For more information, please email CJ, Diversity Advisor – Women, at

Additional reading:

December 6th and the Politics of Memory – SASC blog

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