NIC remembers National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Dec. 6

Please join us for a moment of silence, at 11 am, Thursday, Dec. 6, to remember the 14 women killed and 10 injured in 1989 at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, simply because they were women studying at a university.

The moment of silence encourages everyone to come together, recognize the many people who still experience gender-based violence today and work for change.

In Canada, 50% of all women have experienced physical or sexual violence. While these figures are sobering, it’s important to recognize that in some populations, these figures are disproportionately much higher. Gender-based violence intersects with other forms of violence like colonization, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and many others.

As a college, we hope to create a healthier social environment. We encourage you to participate in the following ways:

  • Join NIC faculty, staff and student union representatives at one of the following events, taking place between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 at an NIC campus:

Port Alberni campus, S108
Dec. 4, 4:30 pm
NIC Education Assistant / Community Support – Indigenous Focus program and Alberni Community and Woman's Services Society host Flirting With Danger, a documentary on consent and violence against women; popcorn available by donation.

Mount Waddington Regional campus
Dec. 5, 12 noon
Weave a heart and help eliminate gender-based violence.

Port Alberni campus, main lobby
Dec. 6, 12 to 1 pm
Make a pin to commemorate the day and brainstorm what each of us can do to eliminate gender-based violence.

Comox Valley campus, Tyee Student Lounge
Dec. 6, 10:30 am to 2 pm
Make a pin to commemorate the day and brainstorm what each of us can do to eliminate gender-based violence. 

Campbell River campus, C-Wing Entrance
Dec. 6, from 11 am to 1 pm
Make a pin to commemorate the day and brainstorm what each of us can do to eliminate gender-based violence.

  • At 11 am on Dec. 6, take a moment with your class or colleagues to get the facts, discuss how you can help stop the misogyny, sexism and hate that surrounds gender-based violence.
  • Take time for personal reflection and learning.  

For more resources and educational tools on the National Day of Action, visit the Status of Women Canada website.

For more information, email Erin McConomy, NIC Status of Women Committee Chair, at erin.mcconomy@nic.bc.ca

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