Statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Today at 11am, the Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District will observe a moment of silence to acknowledge the tragic loss of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989, in an act of violent misogyny. This event shook our Country and its people, and led Parliament to designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

On December 6, we remember:

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

As we mourn their loss and remember their lives, the PRRD reaffirms its commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where every person feels safe; there is no place for gender-based violence or discrimination.

To honor the victims of the tragedy, the PRRD will be lowering its flags to half-mast and is encouraging residents to centre the voices of survivors and learn more about gender-based violence at Women and Gender Equality Canada.

Leonard Hiebert, Board Chair
Peace River Regional District

If you are in an emergency situation, please access 9-1-1 for emergency services in your area. If you are outside of the 9-1-1 service area, please access available emergency services or call a crisis line in your area. You may also want to consult the list of additional support services for people affected by gender-based violence.

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