Join us for a rose ceremony as we remember the 14 women who died at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.

They died because they were women.

December 6th is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The date is etched in history by the shooting deaths of 14 women in 1989 in Montreal by a man deliberately targeting women on a busy campus. 

Now, December 6th is the day we remember the women who died and the day we re-commit to taking action on violence against women and girls until our streets, our campuses and our homes are safe – because Canada is not yet a safe country for women.

YWCA Lethbridge National Day of Remembrance & Rose Ceremony

Details Coming soon!

Everyone is welcome!


Violence Against Women in Canada

  • Violence against women is the world’s largest and most persistent human rights violation, and Canada is no exception.
  • Over 50% of Canadian women will experience an incident of violence at some point in their lives, the majority before they turn 25. In most cases, women know their abuser.
  • Violence Against Women costs over $4 billion per year including direct medical costs along with those of criminal justice, social services, and lost productivity.

The Statistics

  • Women are more likely than men to be the victims of the most severe forms of intimate partner abuse, including spousal homicide, sexual assault and stalking.
  • Young women experience the highest rates of violence and the rate of violence by boyfriends is on the rise.
  • Almost 40% of women in Canada who reported assault by an intimate partner said their children witnessed the violence and in many cases the violence was severe.
  • In half of the cases of intimate partner violence against women that were witnessed by children, the woman feared for her life.
  • The devastating count of missing and murdered Aboriginal women points to a deep-seated gendered and racialized violence in our culture.

What you can do to Take Action on Violence Against Women

  • Go to and take action to change women’s lives by sending an email your MP
  • Speak up about violence in your community
  • Encourage people who commit violence to get help
  • Teach girls to protect and empower themselves
  • Raise children who can resolve conflict without violence
  • Make sure your home, workplace and community are safe for women and girls
  • Speak out against negative media images of women and girls
  • Promote women's economic and political equality
  • Support organizations that work to end violence against women
  • Donate your time and support the cause
  • Join us on December 6th to remember


Nancy Leggett
Development & Communications Manager