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November 22, 2010

December 6 – National Day of Remembrance on Violence Against Women in Canada

In commemoration of the 14 young women murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1991, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance on Violence Against Women in Canada.

It is on this day that Canadians will take time to reflect and remember not only the 14 young women who died, but to grieve for all the women who have died since then as a result of gender-based violence.

Although Canada has some of the most advanced laws in the world to protect women and children, violence remains a daily reality for Canadian women and children. Our laws have not protected us against Clifford Olson or the Paul Bernardos of the world.

The Harper government supported a Private Member’s Bill C-391, which proposed a repeal of registration of non-restricted firearms established in the Firearms Act passed in 1995 and a direct result of the Montreal Massacre.  Bill C-391 received third reading by Parliament on September 22, 2010 but failed to pass by only a margin of two votes.

The women of the CEIU are aware of the fact, that to end violence against women, that much work remains to be done and, therefore, the work continues.  We know that government alone cannot bring an end to violence against women.  The women of the CEIU do their part:

Let December 6 not only be a day for reflection and remembrance, but a day for all Canadians to do their part in ending violence against women.

Let us all become aware, educate ourselves and others, encourage kindness, support and understanding and teach our children that violence will not be tolerated.

Dianne Mitchell, Kamla Ishmael, Huguette Breton and Linda Wilcox
Your CEIU National Vice-Presidents for Women’s Issues


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