December 6: Ending violence against women

December 6, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the Montréal massacre of 14 young women at the École Polytechnique. HSA encourages members to take part in vigils and ceremonies to reaffirm our commitment to ending violence against women.

If you know of an event in your community that is not listed below, please contact Yukie Kurahashi at @email. Check HSAs website at for updates to this schedule of events.

This year, HSA has been distributing a set of postcards from the National Union of Public and General Employees. Each postcard calls for a specific policy improvement that would help reduce violence against women. Contact @email to request a set.


City: New Westminster
Date: December 3, 10:30 am
Place: Douglas College, 800 Royal Avenue, Room 2201
Event: Video at 10:30am, followed by a vigil with New Westminster Member of the Legislative Assembly Dawn Black, who as former Member of Parliament worked to develop and pass anti-stalking legislation and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

City: New Westminster
Date: December 3, 1pm
Place: Douglas College, 800 Royal Avenue, Room 2804
Event: guest speaker: Battered Womens Centre of Vancouver

City: Vancouver
Date: December 3, 11am to 3pm
Place: BC Womens Hospital & Health Centre, 4500 Oak Street, SHY Auditorium
Event: film screenings, panel discussions, networking


City: Duncan
Date: December 4, noon
Place: Duncan City Square
Event: Vigil with community leaders and local community service agencies to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


City: Courtenay
Date: December 5, 10am-4pm
Place: Comox Valley Art Gallery Plaza, 580 Duncan Avenue
Event: Shoe Memorial art installation and memorial of all missing and/or murdered women

City: Vancouver
Date: December 5, 10am-6pm
Place: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St
Event: Day of action, discussion, film screenings; for program of events see 


City: Chilliwack
Date: December 6, 5pm
Place: Chilliwack Museum steps, downtown Chilliwack
Event: Candlelight vigil

City: Courtenay
Date: December 6, 7pm
Place: Court House lawn, corner of 6th St and England Ave
Event: Montréal Massacre Memorial Vigil

City: North Vancouver
Date: December 6, 5pm
Place: John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street
Event: candle light vigil and reception

City: Vancouver
Date: December 6, 10:30am
Place: Thornton Park, Main and Terminal
Event: ceremony in commemoration of the 20th anniversary massacre of 14 women at lÉcole Polytechnique de Montréal.

City: Vancouver
Date: December 6, 9am to 1pm
Place: Vancouver Art Gallery, corner of Robson and Howe Streets
Event: the Shoe Memorial: list of victims and the shoes marking their deaths

City: Vanderhoof
Date: December 6, 4pm
Place: Meet at Omineca Safe Home Society, corner of Columbia Street and Church Avenue, across from police station
Event: Walk to The Bean coffeehouse

City: Victoria
Date: December 6, 5pm to 6pm
Place: BC Legislature Grounds
Event: Candlelight vigil, collection of items for donation to womens organizations (socks, towels, toiletries, etc)


City: Coquitlam
Date: December 7, 11am
Place: David Lam campus, Douglas College, 1250 Pinetree Way, in the atrium
Event: vigil


City: Burnaby
Date: December 10, 5pm
Place: Burnaby Civic Square by Metrotown Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue
Event: vigil to commemorate all women who have suffered abuse


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