Montreal events mark anniversary of 1989 shootings

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Victims of violence are also gathering at Barrie city hall on Wednesday night for a ceremony and to remember the Dec.6, 1989 massacre.

Each of their names was read out, one by one Wednesday during Fanshawe College's ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. A victim, her mother says, of someone with a violent past who targeted women.

In addition to holding a moment of silence in memory of the 14 women killed at at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago, she also asked for a moment of silence for missing and murdered indigenous women. Lit candles, a screen displaying the names of the young women so mercilessly slaughtered and the soft strains of piano music honour the lives lost.

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"And yet, to think that there are still women here in our community, in Markham, in York Region, that face violence, that face threats every single day is truly a sad commentary on our progress as a society".

"I always have to point out that women in this country still face sexism and violence every day". While we can not change the story of these 14 young women, we remember them and reaffirm our resolve to do better and be better for women and girls with us today and tomorrow.

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"I'd like to suggest that all of our suffering is connected as is our freedom from it", says Bertsch.

"It is an issue of power and control", she says of gender-based violence, then and now.

Meghan Campbell, a senior program support worker for a women's shelter in Saskatoon, said a lot work needs to be done to reduce violence against women and girls, but raising awareness is a step in the right direction. Survivors of gender-based violence are coming together, speaking as one, and standing shoulder to shoulder.

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