Today many Canadians will pause and remember December 6, 1989, the anniversary of what has come to be known as the Montreal Massacre. The lives of fourteen women, including CUPE member Maryse Laganière, were felled in that historic act of gender violence. Across the country, in small gatherings and large, women and men will join together to pay their respects to these women and others who have died since as a result of such violence.
Canada’s federal government continues to cut financial aid to organizations dedicated to the eradication of violence against women. So, more than ever, it is important for CUPE members everywhere to demand the public support of these programs.
CUPE’s national officers ask you to join them in commemorating the women lost to violence on December 6, 1989 by attending a ceremony today, making a donation and calling on our parliamentarians to restore funding that will contribute to stopping violence against women in Canada.