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Remembering victims of gender-based violence

Minister of Status of Women Danielle Larivee issued the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:

Remembering victims of gender-based violence

Minister Larivee hosts a vigil to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

“Twenty-nine years ago today, 14 women were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. It was a heartbreaking loss for their families and loved ones, and it was an incredible loss for all of Canada.

“They died because they were women. They died because they dared to break down barriers and enter fields dominated by men. We lost their leadership, their example and the contributions they never had a chance to make. 

“Sadly, the hatred that fuelled that attack continues today. Violence against women and girls is still too common in Alberta and in an age of social media, we don’t have to look far to find examples of gender-based hate levelled at people we know.

“It is up to each of us to stand up to that hatred. We can do it by challenging demeaning comments, providing support for victims of abuse and doing what we can to shift our conversations towards respect, equality and consent. And we can do it by treating our friends, families, neighbours and strangers with the love and respect that they deserve.  

“Today is not only a day to remember. It is an opportunity to envision a future in which every Albertan lives free from fear of violence. A future that allows all Albertans – regardless of gender – to pursue their dreams and push boundaries without fear.

“I call on Albertans to stand together to end all forms of violence against women and girls to help prevent a tragedy like l’École Polytechnique de Montréal from ever happening again.”

Where to go for help

  • Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.
  • Call the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 for 24-hour advice and support if you suspect that someone is experiencing family violence.
  • There are 12 sexual assault centres across Alberta that provide counselling and crisis support, as well as 24-hour support and information lines:
    • 780-423-4102 (Edmonton)
    • 403-237-5888 (Calgary)

Media inquiries

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