Unifor puts action on ending violence

By THERESA WELLS,  Connect Contributor

On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman entered the École Polytechnique in Montreal and opened fire, killing 14 women before turning the gun on himself. The deceased women included students and administrative staff, and the one common denominator was their gender, as the perpetrator was intent on killing only women.

This event, now known as the Montreal Massacre, was one of the most horrific crimes in Canadian history and highlighted the troubling frequency and nature of violence against women.

This year, the Women’s Committee of Unifor 707a will host an event as part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, an opportunity to remember and honour the women killed in the Montreal Massacre, and to continue to shine a light on the issue of violence against women.

“We invite the entire community to attend the event and lighting ceremony,” Gillingham says on the event, which takes place on December 6 at the Unifor 707a Union Hall located at 10019 Macdonald Avenue.

“There will be special guest speakers, along with some snacks, and then we will hold a lighting ceremony, in which the Unifor building will be lit up purple for the night in memory of the victims of the Montreal Massacre, as well as, other victims of violence against women,” said Vicki Gillingham, event organizer and Chair of the Women’s Committee of Unifor 707a.

“We invite the entire community to attend the event and lighting ceremony,” Gillingham says on the event, which takes place on December 6 at the Unifor 707a Union Hall located at 10019 Macdonald Avenue.

As Gillingham notes, there is also a definite local connection in the Wood Buffalo region. “There are missing and murdered women from our region,” says Gillingham. “There have been some from Fort Chipewyan, and I know someone who is missing from our community.”

The event begins at 4 p.m.

– Connect Weekly –