National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The Rose Campaign takes its name from the original Rose button, created to commemorate the 14 young women who were murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique in 1989 in Montreal by a man deliberately targeting women on a busy campus. Canadians reacted with shock, sorrow and outrage.

This senseless act  of violent misogyny of targeted violence shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Today we remember:

  • Geneviève Bergeron, 21
  • Hélène Colgan, 23
  • Nathalie Croteau, 23
  • Barbara Daigneault, 22
  • Anne-Marie Edward, 21
  • Maud Haviernick, 29
  • Maryse Laganière, 25
  • Maryse Leclair, 23
  • Anne-Marie Lemay, 22
  • Sonia Pelletier, 28
  • Michèle Richard, 21
  • Annie St-Arneault, 23
  • Annie Turcotte, 20
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, 31

However, as we observe the 16 Days of Activism on Gender-Based Violence and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the announcement of charges in the murder of four Indigenous women at the hands of an alleged serial killer linked to white supremacist ideology is a tragic indication that the urgent action long called for by Indigenous women, families, and communities to address the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people has not been taken.

We stand in solidarity with the families, friends, and loved ones of:
  • Buffalo Woman
  • Marcedes Myran, 26 (Long Plain First Nation)
  • Morgan Harris, 39 (Long Plain First Nation)
  • Rebecca Contois, 24 (Crane River First Nation)

We extend our condolences to all those mourning their loss in Winnipeg, Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe (Ojibway), We join Indigenous advocates and groups in calling for immediate and meaningful action to better implement the 231 Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

We commit to reflecting this urgent need for action that centres the lives of Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people in our own work.