A pedestrian looks over a vigil set up in Nelson in 2020 to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Photo: Tyler Harper

A pedestrian looks over a vigil set up in Nelson in 2020 to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Photo: Tyler Harper

Virtual candle light vigil for women who are victims of violence to be held in Nelson

Dec. 6 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre

Nelson residents are invited to join us for a virtual candlelight vigil to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Dec. 6 marks the 32nd anniversary of Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique massacre when 14 women were murdered, because they were women. Ten women and four men were also injured in the attack.

COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit us from gathering as a community, but on this important day we hope you will join us in an online candlelight vigil. There you can light a candle in memory of the 14 women who died that day and/or you can light a candle to honour a woman who’s life has been impacted by violence. We also encourage you to light a candle at home and, if you’d like, to email a picture to amaskerine@servicesfyi.ca that we can post onto our Facebook page.

Please visit the grounds of Nelson City Hall between Dec. 4 to 6, where 14 roses will be laid to honour the women who died in Montreal. There will be other roses available for anyone wishing to lay a rose for a woman they’d like to honour or remember. You’ll also see The Clothesline on the grounds of City Hall and in front of the Courthouse, an interactive display to honour women who’ve experienced violence.

We hope that you’ll revisit our page again prior to Dec. 6 for updates on the event, for links to resources and to visit the virtual candle lighting.