National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

December 6 marks the anniversary of the massacre at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal (December 6, 1989) that saw the promising lives of 14 young women cut violently short. This senseless act of targeted violence shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Each year on December 6, we remember the 14 women who lost their lives while studying to become engineers, along with the countless other women and girls who lost their lives as a result of male violence.

As we come together to commemorate this national tragedy, we also reflect on the troubling fact that for women, girls – and in particular, Indigenous women and girls –  and LGBTQ2 individuals here in the Comox Valley and across our country, violence continues to be a daily reality. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is about honouring those who have experienced gender-based violence; it is also a time to take action. 

DECEMBER 6, 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, CVTS & our partners at the Comox Valley Art Gallery have decided to cancel the annual memorial event in order to respect everyone’s safety. 

We invite you to join in a moment of silence anytime on Sunday, December 6, 2020, to honour the countless women and girls who lost their lives due to violence. 

For more information please call 250-897-0511

We remember those who have died and we will not waver in fighting for a world where women and children are no longer at risk because they dare to dream.

Anne Davis

Comox Valley Transition Society

In solidarity

The Comox Valley Transition Society is deeply saddened to learn of the finding of unmarked graves of children at the sites of several former residential schools.

As an anti-oppressive organization working to end violence, poverty and homelessness we recognize that the residential school system was part of a larger system of racism and cultural genocide that continues to this day and continues to impact the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Metis persons and communities.

CVTS is committed to listening to, and learning from, Indigenous staff, clients and community partners and to taking action towards the implementation of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that pertain to our work.

Click here to view some recommendations of what we can all do from the Indian Residential School Survivor Society with additions from the BC Society of Transition Houses.