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A number of events are planned across Nova Scotia this December 6th to mark Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

CUPE President Danny Cavanagh is encouraging union members and all Nova Scotians to take part in the events as a way of working for change in our society.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established to honour the victims of the December 6, 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal, where 14 women were murdered because they were women. One of those women, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the tragic event.

Scheduled events include:

Status of Women
Join us at Central United Church in Lunenburg on December 6 beginning at 6:45 pm for an evening of reflection and music to seek a fair, just and safe community.

Province House
Join us at Province House, 1726 Hollis Street from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. to commemorate this day. Seating is limited.

Acadia University
Candle-lighting ceremony at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market, December 6 from 4-5 p.m. (DeWolfe Building Street, 24 Elm Street, Wolfville)

Dalhousie University
Ceremony commemorating the victims of the Montreal Massacre, 7pm on December 6 at 1359 Barrington Street in Halifax. Hosted by the Dalhousie Women in Engineering Society.

Candlelight Vigil in Sydney
Vigil at St Georges Church at 7pm, December 6.

What else you can do:

Urge the Government of Canada to initiate a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls by collecting signatures for a petition. Check out the Native Women’s Association Community Resource Guide entitled “What Can I Do to Help the Families of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls?” And sign the petition here: http://www.nwac.ca/nwac-petition-national-inquiry-needed

Donate to Adsum House, http://www.adsumforwomen.org/ways-help/donate-now, an organization that provides shelter to women and children who are victims of violence and abuse. And they are a CUPE workplace!