Candlelight vigil in Chilliwack to commemorate the Montreal Massacre is Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. outside the Ann Davis TS offices at 9046 Young Road.

Light a candle in Chilliwack Saturday to remember

Dec. 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

The Ann Davis Transition Society is holding a candlelight vigil in Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. outside the offices at 9046 Young Road.

Dec. 6  is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’Ecole polytéchnique de Montréal.

They were murdered in cold blood because they were women, according to the note left by the gunman.

UFV marked the Day of Remembrance and Action on Wednesday afternoon, in order to reach more people on campus. As well as commemorating the women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, the day represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society.

It is an opportunity to consider women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died or been injured.

And finally, it is a day on which communities can take concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.  As part of a 16-day campaign of remembrance and activism against gender violence, UFV has also set up info tables at the Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park and the Abbotsford campus. The tables are in place until Dec. 10.