University of Calgary

December 6th National Day of Remembrance

University of Calgary commemorates victims of L'Ecole Polytechnique tragedy

Dec. 5, 2013

Sexual assault prevention, consent and gender violence will be at the forefront as the University of Calgary marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Friday.

"Yes Means Yes" is the theme for this year's event, inspired by changes in the way gender-based violence is being addressed today. Movement from "violence against women" to "gender violence" recognizes that female-identified individuals are not alone in being impacted by gender violence, that men are important allies in activism against gender violence, and that discourse around consent and sexual empowerment can be positive for everyone.

December 6th was declared by Canada's Parliament as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women following the murder of 14 women at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989.

Remembering this horrific event has become the basis of recognizing and supporting action against widespread violence against women in our society. This University of Calgary event was initially intended to memorialize those lost to violence, but it is also now spreading a message of hope and looks towards a future free from violence against women. This hopeful theme is at the request of the families of December 6th victims. This year discussions will be centered on consent and sexual assault prevention, as well as the creation of safe, inclusive environments for all gender expressions.

Members of the media are invited to join the University of Calgary in commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action.

WHAT:   National Day of Remembrance                                         
WHEN:   Friday, December 6, 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.                         
WHERE:  Husky Oil Great Hall, The Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary, 206  
        University Court NW                                                 
WHO:    Elizabeth Cannon, President of the University of Calgary            
        Elizabeth Mahoney, professor, Faculty of Law                        
        Emily Macphail, Students' Union Vice-President (Academic)