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December 6th Memorial - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Date & Time:
December 5, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6th was declared by Canada's Parliament as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women following the murder of 14 women at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on this day in 1989.  Remembering this horrific event has become the basis of recognizing and supporting action against widespread violence committed against women in our society. 

This year's December 6th event will be held on Friday, December 5, in the Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.  

What: December 6th - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
When: Friday, Dec. 5 from 12 - 1 pm
Where: Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

  • Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary
  • Troy Brooks, Coordinator, Student Conduct Case Management
  • Emily Leedham, Student & President, Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club

20th Anniversary of the "Lest we Forget" Sculpture

The Faculty of Law is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the installation of the sculpture “Lest we Forget.” Created by Teresa Posyniak, the sculpture honours women who were killed by men, including Aboriginal women, sex trade workers and the 14 women of L'Ecole Polytechnique.

When: Friday, Dec. 5 from 11:15-11:50 a.m.
Where: 2nd floor of Murray Fraser Hall (outside the Bennett Jones Law Library)
Speakers: Hear from the artist and members of Calgary’s Aboriginal community about why these issues are as important today as they were 20 years ago.

Guests are encouraged to join the celebration in the Rosza Centre at 12 p.m. after the presentation.

December 6th Commemorative Candles

The making of the December 6th candles stems from a tradition started in 1987 by the Canadian Voice of Women who began making candles to promote peace.  The purpose of these candles is to not only remember the lives of the 14 women who died tragically on December 6, 1989, but to inspire us to do what is within our power to bring an end to violence.   The candles are hand-made by members of the University community.  We use locally produced100% pure beeswax candles.


Candle Making

Candle-making at the Women's Resource Centre is a fun activity! Members of the U of C community can drop-in, bring lunch and enjoy good company!  Free coffee & tea are provided.  This event usually takes place mid-November each year.  The candles are then sold on campus in the days leading up to the December 6th Memorial to cover costs with extra proceeds going toward volunteer activities at the WRC.

What: December 6th Candle Making
When: Monday, Nov. 17 until Friday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Women's Resource Centre 

Candle Sale 

Beeswax candles are $5 per pair and come in four colours (bordeaux, green, natural, purple).  The candles are sold at the Women's Resource Centre during office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm) and at tables in the food court of MacEwan Student Centre on the following days:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 26, 11 am - 2 pm @ Mac Hall (by the Korean BBQ)
  • Thursday, Nov. 27, 11 am - 2 pm @ Mac Hall (by the Korean BBQ)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, 11 am - 2 pm @ Mac Hall (by the Korean BBQ)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 11 am - 2 pm @ Mac Hall (in front of Kobe Beef)
  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 11 am - 2 pm @ Mac Hall (by the Coffee Company)
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 11:45 am - 1:20 pm @ Rozsa Centre