The McMaster University Anti-Violence Network and other organizations including the Equity Action Committee at CUPE 3906 have put together a memorial event for the McMaster community to mourn the loss of women who have died violently. The event will be held from 11-1:30 on Dec. 6, the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, but will also have a significant emphasis on linking the gender-based violence and racism and that has also been experienced by the hundreds (and probably thousands) of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The event will include a talk by Cheri Maracle and Shandra Spears Bombay about missing and murdered Indigenous women from 11-12. From 12-12:30 we will have a chance to mingle and make connections in addition to having advocacy and support information booths, and from 12:30-1:30 there will be a memorial service. All of this will take place in Convocation Hall, UH 213.
Gender-based violence is alive and well in our society, knows no boundaries of race or class, and touches the lives of an estimated 1 in 4 women. Look around you—that’s a lot of people.
Please come to remember with us and to hope and advocate with us. You are welcome to come for some or all of the event—we know that it will conflict with classes. And if you can’t make it at all, there will also be an event hosted by the Women’s Centre of Hamilton the evening of the 6th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Worker’s Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St., Hamilton. For more information on this event, contact 905-522-0127.
And if you have any questions or you need some support, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org