Kenora residents were given the opportunity to honour those lost to or affected by domestic violence today. A number of community events took place in support of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Charlotte Rosewarne of the Women’s Shelter Saakate House explained why December 6 was chosen for the day of remembrance.

“29 years ago, 14 women were shot and killed at a university in Montreal because they were women. This day is about thinking of those 14 women, as well as reflecting on all of the women that have been affected by domestic violence, violence against women, and how we as a nation can make changes on this issue."

Ontario Native Women’s Association, Women’s Place Kenora, Ne-Chee Friendship Centre, Women’s Shelter Saakate House, Kenora Sexual Assault Centre, and the Metis Nation of Ontario partnered together for the day’s events.

Events included a gathering at Husky the Muskie for the Male Allied March to Chipman Square, a candlelight vigil and rose-laying ceremony at Chipman Square, and a Letting Go ceremony at the Saakate House.

David Trask with the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre also encouraged residents to join the friendship centre’s I am a Kind Man program, which helps support those involved in the justice system.

“I work with men who were previously or are involved in the justice system as it relates to abuse against women. I also work with individuals who just want to be that voice to end violence against women and girls. I encourage all men in Kenora to come out and support our women.”

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For more information:
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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