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December 6th Memorial Ceremony

For the second year in a row, IWAV and The Circle co-hosted the Memorial Ceremony for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Women against Violence via a Facebook Livestream. We were not able to gather in community this year to light candles and remember the women who were killed in the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre and all other women and girls whose lives were taken by femicide in 2021.

The ceremony held space and recognized all of the women and girls, inclusive of cis, gender non-confirming and trans women and girls whose names are not known. As well, the following people were recognized: those whose lives have been lost as victims of violence; the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls; the survivors of violence and abuse and sexual assault; the women and girls who are black, Indigenous, and people of colour who are impacted by the lives of systemic violence; and those in the LGBTQ2S+ community who have experienced violence and abuse.

Violence due to systemic oppression is the reality for so many and continues to be a real threat to the survival and well-being of women and children across the nation.