National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is this Thursday, which marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 young women at École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.
The Ontario Native Women's Association, Women's Place Kenora, Ne-Chee Friendship Centre, Kenora Sexual Assault Centre, Women's Shelter Saakaate House and the Métis Nation of Ontario have partnered to bring awareness to the day with a variety of events.
Beginning at 11:15am all men in our community are invited to Husky the Muskie for the male ally march to Chipman Square. The march coincides with the "Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin - I Am a Kind Man" program, which was created to provide an opportunity for communities to engage Aboriginal men and youth in understanding violence against women and to support them in joining together to end the violence.
After the march will be the candlelight vigil and rose laying ceremony at Chipman Square at noon, followed by the Letting Go ceremony at 12:30pm at Women's Place. A light lunch will be provided and rides to Women's Place will be available from Chipman Square.
If you would like more information on the day's events contact David Trask, Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin/I am a Kind Man Program Coordinator at the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre at 468-5440.