December 6 Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – Manitoba Events

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women where we take the time to remember and honour the victims of the 1989 shooting at École Polytechnique de Montréal, where 14 women were targeted and killed by a lone gunman because of their gender. One of those women was Maryse Laganière, a CUPE member who worked at the school.

We also take time honour and remember those in Manitoba who were killed by gender-based violence.

Events are taking place in communities across Manitoba

Working with the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters (MAWS) we have compiled this list of Dec 6 events taking place across Manitoba (list not exhaustive). We encourage all CUPE members to attend an event in your community.
* Please note that the Selkirk event takes place December 5.

Winnipeg: Sunrise Memorial, 8am – 9am at the Manitoba Legislative Building Rotunda, organized by Manitoba Status of Women Secretariat (MSW) and the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council. (MWAC):

Manitoba Federation of Labour
: Annual Memorial Lunch, Hotel Ft. Garry
11:30am-1pm (tickets $30, rsvp).

University of Manitoba: Memorial. St John’s College Chapel 12pm – 1:30pm. Organized by Health and Wellness, Spiritual Care and St. John’s College

University of Winnipeg
: No known events planned, the university will be illuminated with orange light in honour of the event.

Military Family Resource Centre, lunch hour service. 12pm, at 102 Comet St. Winnipeg (Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg/17 Wing)

Brandon: Memorial table & interactive project, public encouraged to visit between 11am and 2pm, organized by the Brandon Women’s Resource Centre, 729 Princess.

Selkirk: December 5. 11th Annual Community Vigil Walk. Leaving 6:30pm from the Selkirk Friendship Centre, arriving Civic Offices at 6:50pm. Organized by NOVA House and the Selkirk Friendship Centre.

Steinbach: Candlelight Memorial Vigil. K.R. Barkman Park at 6:30pm, organized by Agape House:

Thompson: Wall of remembrance, film screening. 11am – 4pm at the Thompson Regional Community Centre. Organized by YWCA Thompson, the Thompson Crisis Centre, University of Manitoba Northern Social Work Program.

The Pas: event organized at noon at the The Pas Public Library Annex organized by Aurora House:

CUPE members in Manitoba work on the front-line in women’s shelters across the province fighting against gender-based violence, and supporting survivors.
We honour their work, and continue to commit ourselves in the fight against violence against women and girls.

For more information on how CUPE members can take action: