"Le diaporama du 6 décembre débute le 6 décembre 1989, quand quatorze femmes se sont fait tuer à L'École Polytechnique de L'Université de Montréal. Leur assassinat provoque la dévastation puis un éveil politique, le tout révélé dans les épitaphes écrites par les membres de leurs familles. De là, nous suivons l'activisme d'une communauté assaillie à Vancouver, qui se débat pour attirer de l'attention sur le grand nombre de femmes supprimées et portées disparues au Downtown Eastside. Nous témoignons de la formation d'une campagne anti-meurtre organisée par les femmes autochtones soutenues par les femmes de la marche commémorative du 14 février."

The December 6th slideshow is composed of images, text, music, soundscape and silence.

It begins on December 6th, 1989, when fourteen women were murdered at L'Ecole Polytechnique of the University of Montreal. The devastation, loss and political awakening caused by their assassinations are revealed in epitaphs written by members of their families, hand-stamped on tiles that encircle the national women's monument, Marker of Change.

From there, we follow the activism of a Vancouver community under siege, struggling to draw attention to the high number of women murdered and missing on the Downtown Eastside. Here, we witness the birth of the anti-murder campaign organized by Indigenous women, the February 14th Women's Memorial March.

The show closes with images of some of the memorials that have been created across Canada in places like Montreal, Guelph, Ottawa, London, Moncton, Calgary and the Highway of Tears.

The show was created as background for December 6th vigils, specifically to provide historical context in schools, where students are too young to know about the origins of Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Film by Christine McDowell with the generous support of dozens of people. Newspaper articles are used with permission. The English version was completed in 2006, and the French version completed in 2008.

Copyright 2008

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