Special vigils are planned in Halton to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
The events take place Dec. 6 to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, which claimed the lives of 14 young people taken because of their gender—because they were women.
Dec. 6 is now dedicated to paying tribute to survivors, honouring those lost to gender-based violence and remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Three vigils are planned; the first is at 9 a.m. at Burlington City Hall, followed by an 11 a.m. gathering at Milton Town Hall. The Oakville vigil is at 3 p.m. at the QEPCC building.
The initiative is a collaborative effort between Halton Women's Place, The Women's Centre of Halton and Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS) with the support of members from Halton Violence Prevention Council and Safe Halton.