National Day of Remembrance event at Humber

Today marks 30 years since the mass shooting at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal that claimed the lives of 14 young women. This act of gender-based violence is commemorated across Canada each December 6 with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This year, to mark the anniversary, a special focus was given to taking action to eliminate violence against women. The hashtag #ActionsMatter punctuated Twitter throughout the day.

To mark the day, Humber held a gathering for staff and students, which included Indigenous drumming and dance performances, as well as keynote speaker, Tasha Beeds.

Beeds is a scholar of nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), Metis, and Barbadian ancestry from the Treaty 6 territories of Saskatchewan. She is a professor, a creative artist, a poet, a Water Walker, and a Midewiwin woman. An empassioned speaker, Beeds told her story of the obstacles she encountered throughout her life and of the many issues that are inextricably linked to gender-based violence including sexism, racism, ageism, colonialism, homophobia and ableism.

The event closed with participants signing a banner committing to take action against gender-based violence and with the distribution of red roses. A thought-provoking event, participants came away with a strong message: what action will you take to end gender-based violence?