Kate Crozier, Community Justice Initatives’ Stride Program Coordinator, will talk about the history of women’s correctional services in Canada; the influence of indigenous practices in the development of holistic, women-based principles; reintegration support for women leaving prison through the Stride and Circles programs; Fresh Start Creations; and the educational opportunities of Walls to Bridges.

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As we do every year on December 6th, we pause to reflect on the inequality and beliefs that caused the horrific acts of violence at l’École Polytechnique in 1989.  We are reminded that violence continues to be a reality for too many women and girls across Canada. Every 6 days, a woman is killed by her intimate partner and on any given day, 4,476 women and 3,493 children are housed in shelters and transition houses across Canada. And the RCMP reported that about 1,200 Indigenous women were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012. Due to underreporting and challenges with data collection, the number may be closer to 4,000.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence starts on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. November 29th marks International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. December 6th, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, established by the Parliament of Canada in 1991, marks the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre. And the 16 Days end on December 10th with International Human Rights Day.

Join the Good Hearted Women Singers, Elizabeth Best, the Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, Laurier’s Waterloo Campus, Sara Casselman of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, and Rev Margaret Walker, as we remember the 14 young women murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and all victims of gender-based violence in our community. 



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