December 06 was established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is a day that commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre. On this date 28 years ago, a young man walked with a gun into the L’École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal. He separated the men from the women and proceeded to shoot and kill 14 female engineering students. They died because they were women.

This incident, while extreme and rare, reminds us that gender-based violence continues in Canada and around the world.

December 06 is a Canadian day of mourning for all girls and women who have met with violence in their lives, including violent deaths.

Violence is on a continuum and other common forms of violence, including racism and sexual harassment, are a daily reality in many of our schools and communities. We need to remember that ending violence is about ending the daily acts of violence, whether it is on campus or in our communities.

The NIC Faculty Association and Students Union have organized two events in commemorating the Dec. 06 event. Please take time to participate and support of the events.

Wed. Dec. 06, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Tyee Cafeteria
· Be More Than a By-Stander (videos, posters, discussions and pictures)
· Coffee/Tea/Goodies served

Wed. Dec. 06, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Stan Hagen Theatre
· “The Hunting Ground” documentary (see poster attached)
· Feature speakers with Q & A following the film
· Coffee/Tea/Food served

Ending violence is a collective action that can start with each of us, today. Please make a commitment to do whatever you can to eliminate all forms of violence!

North Island College Faculty Association