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Memorial University to hold Dec. 6 vigil

Once again, students, faculty and staff will pause and reflect during a special ceremony on Memorial University of Newfoundland's St. John's campus on Dec. 6.

Each year, the university commemorates the tragic anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre when 14 women were killed because of their gender at l'École Polytechnique in Montreal, Que. The anniversary coincides with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada. This year's vigil will reflect on how to keep the events of Dec. 6, 1989, relevant to all generations and continue to connect campus- and community-wide efforts to end violence against women in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This year is the 23rd anniversary of the tragedy. The vigil will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, in EN-2006 in the Engineering building. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a small reception in the main foyer. Free parking is available in lots marked 16 and 16A.

This year's event will include a candlelight procession of 14 Memorial students who will each represent the lives of the women who were lost. Dr. Jennifer Connor from the Faculty of Medicine will emcee the event and Professor Andy Fisher, associate dean of undergraduate studies, will offer a welcome. Linda Ross, president and CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Advisory Council on the Status of Women, will be the guest speaker.

Dedications will be offered by students, faculty, staff and community organizations with performances by the SUNCOR Quartet, a string quartet comprised of students from the master's of music program, Faculty of Music. Representatives from community organizations from across the city have been invited to attend and to set up booths and/or displays highlighting their work towards ending violence against women.

The vigil is organized annually by Memorial's Sexual Harassment Office and the Department of Gender Studies. For more information, please contact the Sexual Harassment Office at 709-864-8199.