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Call to end gender-based violence continues at Day of Remembrance ceremonies

Mary White, left and Phyllis Cooper were two of the Mi’kmaq drummers who performed “The Healing Song” during somber ceremonies at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Stephenville on Wednesday.
Mary White, left and Phyllis Cooper were two of the Mi’kmaq drummers who performed “The Healing Song” during somber ceremonies at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Stephenville on Wednesday. - Frank Gale

Janice Kennedy, executive director of the Bay St. George Status of Women, feels the numbers are eye opening.

She was talking about the three women murdered in this province alone in the past year as she addressed people in attendance on Wednesday at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville.

Her voice quivered with emotion about the year we’re living in and things not seeming to be getting any better when it comes to violence against women.

“We need to start the conversation towards putting an end to women dying because of gender-based violence,” Kennedy, the executive director of the Bay St. George Status of Women Council, said.

The event got underway with a group of Mi’kmaq drummers and singers performing “The Healing Song, followed by a moment of silence in memory of the 14 women killed at at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago.

Then Kennedy asked for a moment of silence for missing and murdered indigenous women.

She said sadly that’s still an issue in this country with hundreds of indigenous women who haven’t returned home to their families yet today.

“First we mourn and then we fight for change,” she told those in attendance.

 

Those in attendance at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women listen in as Janice Kennedy, executive director of the Bay St. George Status of Women speaks with candles in memory of the 14 women killed at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago lit in the foreground.
Those in attendance at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women listen in as Janice Kennedy, executive director of the Bay St. George Status of Women speaks with candles in memory of the 14 women killed at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago lit in the foreground.

 

 

Samantha Shears, a second year Community Studies student at College of the North Atlantic, holds a rose in memory of one of the 14 women killed at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago during ceremonies at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Stephenville on Wednesday.
Samantha Shears, a second year Community Studies student at College of the North Atlantic, holds a rose in memory of one of the 14 women killed at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago during ceremonies at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Stephenville on Wednesday.

 

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