Humber College took time once again to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Held every December 6, the day is a time to remember the victims of the École Polytechnique Massacre of 1989, when 14 women were killed by Marc Lepine. The day is seen as one of remembrance for the victims, and also one to take action against any violence towards women.
As part of the day, a special ceremony organized by the Humber Students Federation was held at the Student Centre at North Campus.
Master drummer Muhtadi Thomas performed for the audience. Angela Aujla, a General Education professor in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and author of Others in Their Own Land: Second Generation South Asian Canadian Women, Racism and the Persistence of Colonial Discourse, spoke to the crowd.
Anjula was followed by poet Dwayne Morgan, who talked of the importance of stopping all forms of violence against women, and the need for men to play a key role in protecting the women in their lives. For his last poem, which he wrote several years ago when he first found out that he was going to be a father, Morgan was joined by his young daughter on stage (seen at right).
The ceremony concluded with the distribution of roses and white ribbons to attendees. Members of the Humber community then signed a banner, signifying their dedication to ending violence against women.