CFUW Southport hosts 27th Vigil against violence against women
by Sandy Lindsay
December 6, 2016
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Saugeen First Nation's singers sang a song of women
Reading the names of the slain students of l'École Polytechnique
Twenty-seven years ago, on December 6, 1989, 14 engineering students at l'École Polytechnique in Montreal were killed by a young gunman for one reason ... because they were women.
Today, across Canada vigils were held to not only remember the students but also the many missing and murdered Indigenous women and to stand up publicly against violence against women.
In Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores), the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Southport hosted the annual vigil at Coulter Parkette where a crowd gathered to attend the event at noon.
Laura Wolfe with son Zachary (L) and daughter Jaylynne, who spoke on 'Being a First Nation Girl', and also about the Moose Hide Campaign
Laura Wolfe explained about the Moose Hide Campaign, a "grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who are standing up against violence towards women and children".
Zachary Wolfe (R) handed out small squares of moose hide to the crowd
Wearing a small square of moose hide, signifies commitment to honour, respect and protect women and children and to encourage other men to end violence against them.
Pat Sanagan of the CFUW read out some startling facts about violence towards women, including family and dating violence, with numbers that surmount 130,000. "In the past few months," she said, "there have been numerous reports of sexual assaults on women even by male celebrities and the mysogyny in the recent U.S. election became a political tool. Gender-based violence continues to be on of the most troubling social issues that we face."
CFUW former past-President, Cheryl Kryzaniwsky, lead a remembrance of the 14 women students as their names were read aloud by 14 people, including Mayor Mike Smith, Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau, Councilor John Rich, CFUW members and Saugeen District Secondary School students.
The ceremony closed with a touching rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' by the Chantry Singers lead by director, Anne Little and a donation box was set out with donations from the crowd to be divided between the Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey and the Saugeen First Nation Women's Shelter.
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