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December 6th Memorial

Date: Friday, December 5
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

This event will begin in the Quad at the December 6th Memorial Sculpture and Tree of Hope for a moment of Silence and Candle Light Vigil, followed by a procession to POD 250 for a short ceremony, speakers and a performance.

December 6th, 1989 is a day that made feminists out of many women in Canada. Fourteen women (13 of them engineering students) were gunned down at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal simply because they were women. Canada now marks December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to honour the lives lost and to renew a commitment to end violence against women.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the events, and Ryerson's December 6th Memorial Committee has coordinated a series of events to engage our community in discussions related to violence against women. These events are open to faculty, staff and students and we'd like to encourage you to join us at as many as you can.


Rape Culture in the Media: From Ghomeshi to Our Campuses

Speaker: Farrah Khan, Barbra Schlifer Clinic
Date: Monday, November 24
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Margaret Laurence Room, Ryerson Student Centre


Healthy Relationships Workshop

Speaker: Jesmen Mendoza, Ryerson Counseling Center
Date: Tuesday, November 25
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Podium (POD) 50B


Dispelling Myths and Stereotypes about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)

Presentation and Teach-In: Lee Maracle, author, activist and academic
Date: Thursday, November 27
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Oakham Lounge


Learning from Tragedies: The Canadian Gun Control Movement

This even has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. Thank you for your time. 


Slut-Shaming, Victim Blaming, and Sexual Harassment on Social Media

Speakers: Hamza Khan, Ryerson Student Affairs and Tesni Ellis, Ryerson Student Affairs
Date: Monday, December 1
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Kerr Hall East (KHE) 125


Little Actions to Help End Gender-Based Violence Workshop

Speakers: Jeff Perera, White Ribbon Campaign
Date: Tuesday, December 2
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Alumni Lounge, Mattamy Athletic Center



Violence Against Women with Disabilities and International Day for Persons with Disabilities

Speaker: Fran Odette, community activist
Date: Wednesday, December 3
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Thomas Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre


Panel on Trans Misogyny

Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 12 p.m - 2 p.m.
Location: Thomas Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre


Women's Mini Self Defence Workshop

Speaker: Imre Juurlink, Ryerson Integrated Risk Management
Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 7th Floor, Heaslip House


Fundraiser for Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line and Reading of the Vagina Monologues

Speakers: Tanisha Taitt, theatre artist, singer-songwriter and arts educator
Date: Friday, December 5
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Thomas Lounge, Oakham House

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For further information, or to make a donation to the December 6th Memorial Fund please fill out the form below.

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Take Action

  1. Donate to the Coalition for Gun Control, the organization created following the murder of 14 women at l'Ecole Polytechnique in |

  2. Support the National Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls called for by the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses, in partnership with the Canadian Federation of University Women.

  3. Join the Educate Ambrose campaign to encourage the federal minister responsible for the status of women in Canada to be an advocate for all women's reproductive choices.

  4. Join the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada to support the call for a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit childcare system in Canada. |

  5. Sign and circulate the Native Women's Assocation of Canada's petition calling on the federal government to initiate a commission on missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

  6. Become a member of CRIAW, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, an organization dedicated to intersectional research practices that recognize the complex and diverse experiences of women.

Sources: CAUT November 2012 Bulletin A8, Canadian Association of University Teachers

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