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FTP HOLDS VIGIL FOR NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE & ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 12/6/2017 7:34:48 PM
Today (Wed. Dec. 6) marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
To commemorate, Family Transition Place (FTP) held a vigil to remember the 14 women who were murdered in a gender-based act of violence.
It was 28 years ago on December 6th 1989 that a lone gunman shot the engineering students at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal simply because they were women.
FTP Executive Director Norah Kennedy say this year's event was a little different. This year they decided not to include speakers from Town council, representatives from the Orangeville and surrounding police services, and community partners.
Blair Russell is part of the MENtors group at FTP and he graduated from l'École Polytechnique two years before the incident happened.
He says in order for things to change, men need to get invloved as well.
The day also marks the start of the White Ribbon campaign. This campaign is a movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls.
People at today's ceremony tied white ribbons to a tree, in order to remember the 14 women who were killed and many more who have been a victim of violence.