December 6th is our National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Remembering and protesting 30 years after the Montreal Massacre

Where are we now?

10:00am          CEREMONY 

Introduction by MC Angela Marie MacDougall,
Battered Women’s Support Services

Welcome by T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss

‘The meaning of December 6’ by MC Angela Marie MacDougall

Laying of the flowers and lighting of candles


Minute of Silence

10:30am          MEDIA INTERVIEWS

Groups and individuals gather in the circle with media representatives

As global protests denounce violence against women, the Women’s Monument Committee has called together passionate voices to speak to the media on this dark day: Indigenous activists, women’s advocacy groups and individuals, filmmakers, legal advocates, a writer, an artist, direct service workers and more.

Our warmest thanks to everyone here today.

Dec. 6, 2019

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December 3, 2019                                                                                                                             

30 years after the Montreal Massacre

Where are we now?”

VANCOUVER – December 6th, Canada’s Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, marks 30 years since the massacre of 14 women at Montreal’s L’École Polytechnique. A memorial ceremony and protest will be held at 10 a.m. on December 6th, at Marker of Change, the Women’s Monument in Vancouver’s Thornton Park. We will be gathering together that morning with our Indigenous sisters to amplify a diversity of voices taking action to address violence against women and girls. 

“For decades, Indigenous women have been calling for action on the growing number of murdered and missing women and girls from our communities throughout Canada.  In June 2019 our devastating reality was declared genocide by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.”

 – Lorelei Williams, Butterflies in Spirit

“The Women’s Monument was created as a permanent reminder of the murder of women and girls around the world. There is so much denial of violence against women and girls. The denial has to stop. We need to face the truth and act on it.”

 -- Chris McDowell, Women’s Monument Committee

After the ceremony, a wide range of organizations and individuals will give media interviews about violence against women and girls, the conditions in our society that allow the violence to continue, and what these social change agents are doing to make the world a better place. 

“Battered Women’s Support Services commemorated 40 years of service this year. Twenty-five staff and 160 volunteers provide women with emotional support, safety planning, and access to a huge diversity of resources built over decades. The need for our services is only increasing. December 6th is a time to remember, to take action, and to continue to find ways to bring people together to end violence against women.” 

-- Angela Marie MacDougall, Director, BWSS

“We believe that violence against women is increasing, and we also believe that the actions we take to stop the violence are slowing it down and saving lives and sanity. We urgently need everyone to take action.”

-- Women’s Monument Committee


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To watch “Marker of Change: The Story of the Women’s Monument” (1998) streaming for free November 25 to December 16, 2019, please visit:


December 6th schedule and contact list for speakers that will be on-site and also available for interview in advance.


A sequence of Global's Broken series -

The Montreal Massacre 30 Years On:

Global News BC:

A beautiful collection of ceremonies across Canada:

Video of two female journalists discussing massacre in Montreal:

Comment le massacre de la Poly est « devenu » antiféministe
by Alison Northcott, Radio-Canada, 6 décembre 2019

Polytechnique: Consensus comes 30 years later that massacre was an anti-feminist act
The Canadian Press, December 5, 2019

Violent misogyny is a threat to half our population. We need to call it what it is: Terrorism
by Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail, Nov 30, 2019

In pictures: Global protests denounce violence against women, Nov 26, 2019
People around the world have taken to the streets to demand an end to violence against women... 

Gun control: It's been 30 years since the École Polytechnique massacre, so if not now then when?
by Heidi Rathjen, CBC, Dec 06, 2019

'A rapist in your path': Chilean protest song becomes feminist anthem
by Monika Cvorak, The Guardian, 6 Dec 2019

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