Every year on December 6 communities, universities, and organizations across Canada will be holding solemn vigils, marches, and events to remember the 1989 massacre of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. The memorial events held each year afterward are an important recognition of violence against women, not just in the tragic events of 21 years ago, but as an ongoing injustice that requires action.
In Sydney, the Étoile de l’Acadie community centre is organizing a candelight vigil and a March to remember the 14 female engineering students killed in the massacre, and to call for an end to violence against women everywhere. The December 6 Vigil will start at 6:00pm at the Civic Centre at 320 Esplanade. After a moment of silence, a candlelight march will head from the Civic Centre to Townsend Street, and then onto Charlotte Street. The procession will end at St. George’s Church for a service hosted by Every Women’s Centre, scheduled for 7:00pm.
In Glace Bay, a memorial service also will be held at Knox United Church at 11am on Sunday, December 5 at 11:00am.