The Howe Sound Women's Centre Society is partnering with Quest University Canada next week to host a candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre on Dec. 6, 1989.
That's the date when a gunman Marc Lepine shot 28 people, most of them women, in a rampage at Montreal's École Polytechnique, before turning the gun on himself. Fourteen of the victims, all of them women, died. Since the tragedy, Dec. 6 has been observed across Canada as the National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women.
The ceremony takes place on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Howe Sound Women's Centre, 38021 Third Ave. in downtown Squamish. The aim is to raise awareness about current issues surrounding violence against women. After the vigil, there will be a chance for attendees to share their experiences and reflect on gender discrimination. Writers, poets and singers are invited to share their art with the gathering. Admission is free.