Solemn Ceremony to Remember Montreal Tragedy
14 candles glow in remembrance of 14 victims – photos 250news
Prince George, B.C. – Students and staff at UNBC gathered this morning in the Wintergarden of UNBC to remember the victims of the Montreal Massacre.
It was December 6th, 1989 when Marc Lepine shot and killed 14 female engineering students at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Although the actual anniversary falls on December 6th, the ceremony was held today as this is the last week of classes at UNBC before the Christmas break. That anniversary has become the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
With statistics showing women are eleven times more likely to be victims of violence, UNBC President Daniel Weeks said every day should be one of remembrance and action against violence against women.
Weeks spoke of the University’s efforts to battle sexual violence “Sexual violence on university campuses, in fact anywhere, is simply unacceptable and obviously there is still much more work that needs to be done.” He says that work isn’t limited to UNBC, but “Locally, Provincially , Nationally and internationally.” Weeks says UNBC is being proactive in ensuring a healthy safe environment for those in the UNBC community “In September, 2014, UNBC created the President’s task force on sexual violence. We consulted students, faculty, staff, community members, to assess the implications of sexual violence within the UNBC student body. On September 16th, 2016, the task force submitted its final report to me which included 13 recommendations. I am very pleased to tell you that the steering committee is now working with UNBC’s senior leadership group, I have tasked the Senior Leadership Group to take on each of these 13 recommendations within their portfolios and to execute on all of them. That task force will ensure we get the job done.”
Weeks says UNBC is ahead of the requirements laid out in Bill 23 which mandates Universities to look at sexual violence and misconduct and requires all post secondary institutions to impose sexual misconduct policy. “We must continue to be passionate, to be open, honest, to have conversations daily as we strive to ensure a healthy and safe environment here on our campus, and indeed Prince George and throughout the world.”
Today’s ceremony at UNBC was organized by the Northern Women’s Centre and the Northern Undergraduate Student Society.