Guelph’s vigil for victims of Montreal Massacre moves online

Flowers sit next to a plaque at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

An annual vigil in Guelph to remember the victims of the Montreal Massacre is moving online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is happening over Zoom on Sunday from 6-7 p.m. and will feature speakers and a moment of silence.

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The vigil is also to honour and remember those who have lost their lives to femicide in Ontario and will provide a space for the community to “grieve the devastating impacts of gender-based violence.”

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is commemorated each year on Dec. 6, the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre when 14 women were murdered and 10 were injured.

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The names of the women who died are Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault and Annie Turcotte.

Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis is hosting the event and says violence continues to impact the lives of women and girls every day.

The organization added that the pandemic has shown an increase in the frequency and severity of gender-based violence.

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”Home is not a safe place for everyone,” said Jensen Williams, public educator at Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis.

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“For those living with their abusers, not only may those individuals be experienced increased violence but also increased barriers in accessing services that could support them.”

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To register for this event, visit Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis’ Facebook page.

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