Today Nelson residents will commemorate the Montreal Massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. Fourteen women, all but one of them students anticipating the promise of a bright future, were murdered. Every December we remember, because there is still a need.
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women will remember the murders of: Genevieve Bergeron, 21; Helene Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23; Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie Edward, 21; Maud Havienick, 29; Barabara Maria Klucznik, 31; Maryse Laganiere, 25; Maryse Leclair, 23; Anne-Marie Lemay, 27; Sonia Pelletier, 28; Michele Richard, 21; Annie St.- Arneault, 23; Annie Turcotte, 21.
The Violence against Women in Relationships Committee (VAWIR) in Nelson invites community members to remember the significance of this day by gathering on the grounds of Nelson City Hall for a candlelight vigil at 4 p.m.
This event is not only about remembering but is about calling for change by supporting and valuing the lives of the people who are most impacted by violence.