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Dec. 5, 2018

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On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered and 10 others were injured at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Canada now marks the anniversary as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – a time to remember the victims, support those who have experienced harm, and take action against gendered violence by standing up, speaking out and creating change.

In recognition of this day as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, several events will be taking place on, and around, Dec. 6 at Wilfrid Laurier University on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

National Day of Remembrance and Action: Community Care Day and Info Fair

Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby at 150 Dalhousie St., Brantford.

A drop-in community gathering for people of all genders in Brantford and surrounding areas. Connect with each other and with community organizations that are working toward ending violence against women.

The event is free and food and drinks will be available. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.

Radical Healing Space: Build Your Own Self-Care Kit

Dec. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Dr. Alvin Woods Building, 1-101B (a similar workshop will be held in Brantford on Dec. 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Diversity and Equity Office).

It’s a stressful time of the year. Make time for yourself and your mental, physical and emotional health. Come eat, colour, craft, chat, write, access resources on care and build your own self-care kit. All are welcome. Snacks and supplies will be provided. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Survivor Comfort Donation Drive

Join Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG), Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent (ASCC), and the Centre for Women and Trans People in supporting survivors of gendered violence in Brantford and Waterloo Region. Consider dropping off new or gently used items to support the sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centres run out of the local hospitals and sexual assault support centres. For more information on which items are most needed and drop-off locations, please visit the Facebook page

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Vigil

Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Chapel, 54 Queen St. N., Kitchener.

In Kitchener, the Canadian Federation of University Women Kitchener-Waterloo will host a vigil to mark the anniversary of the death of 14 women at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. The vigil will also honour the many victims who have died by domestic violence, the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S people.

For more information about on-campus activities, contact Sarah Scanlon, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator at sscanlon@wlu.ca. Follow the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign on social media by searching #ConsentIsGolden.

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