December 6 memorial candle making and sale

Each year, the WRC handcrafts candle pairs to be sold during the 16 Days of Activism between International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25) and International Human Rights Day.

Learn more about the 16 Days of Activism

The making of the candles to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women (Dec. 6) is a tradition initiated in 1987 by the Canadian Voice of Women who began making candles to promote peace. These candles are made to remember the lives of the 14 women who died tragically on December 6, 1989 at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal, and to inspire us to do what is within our power to bring an end to violence against women.

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Candle making

Help end gender-based violence by participating in the WRC’s candle making fundraiser.

In light of the current pandemic, candle making has been temporarily suspended at this time. 

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Candle sales

Each December, you can purchase a pair of our handmade, 100% beeswax candles made by members of the university community for $5. The candles come in burgundy, green, purple and natural. Proceeds from candle sales help support our programs.

Candle sales take place in December.