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Remembering Montreal and indigenous women

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 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 at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago lit in the foreground. - Frank Gale

“The numbers are eye opening.”

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

Her voice quivered on Wednesday as she got emotional 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.

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.

Kennedy said 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.

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