December 6th Vigil
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre when fourteen young women were tragically killed at Ecole Polytechnique because of their gender.
Dec 6 represents a time to pause and reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also a time to have a special thought for all the women and girls who live daily with the threat of violence or who have died as a result of deliberate acts of gender-based violence.
Last but not least, it is a day for communities and individuals to reflect on concrete actions that each of us can take to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women.
Memorial University Remembers
Each year, members of the Newfoundland community gather together at Memorial University to remember December 6, 1989. Indeed, the Montreal Massacre galvanized post-secondary institutions across the country to hold Vigils and Memorials in remembrance of the women who lost their lives.
The December 6 Vigil represents a time to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is a day for communities and individuals to reflect on concrete actions that each of us can take to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women.
December 6 Vigil 2012
This year's vigil included a candlelight procession of 14 Memorial students. The students represented both the women lost as a result of the Montreal Massacre and all women lost due to gendered violence.
Our MC was Dr. Jennifer Connor, from the Faculty of Medicine, and our Guest Speaker was Linda Ross, President/CEO, NL Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Sexual Harassment Board Chair, Dr. Brenda LeFrançois, offered a few words of welcome and Prof. Andy Fischer spoke on behalf of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
Community dedications were offered by over 25 students, faculty, staff and community organizations. Music was performanced by the SUNCOR Quartet, a string quartet comprised of students from the School of Music master's of music program. Representatives from community organizations from across the city were invited to attend and to set up booths and/or displays highlighting their work toward ending violence against women.
The Vigil is organized by Memorial’s Sexual Harassment Office, the Department of Gender Studies and the December 6th Vigil Planning Committee. For more information, please contact the Sexual Harassment Office.
View photos of the 2012 Vigil.
View photos of the 2011 Vigil.
View photos of the 2010 Vigil.
View photos of the 2008 Vigil.