REPORTING · 10th December 2009
There was a small gathering of people from the community at the Canadian Auto Workers Union in Kitimat on Sunday, December 6th for the Night of Action and Rememberance. Although the crowd was as not as big as it was the previous year, everyone gathered to remember women who had been murdered or had gone missing and discuss the issue of Gender Violence.
“Tonight was December 6th, a National Day of Rememberance and Positive Action. This particular.evening, on December 6th, we do a candlelight vigil in partnership with CAW 2301 and we take the time to remember the 14 women from the Montreal Massacre who were murdered because they were women. We also remember the murdered and missing women on Highway 16 and we remember our daughters and sisters of Kitimat who were murdered, Amandeep Atwall, Stephanie Donnally and Linda Le Franc,” said Cheryl Rumley from Tamitik Status of Women.
The names were read and the candles were lit. Barb Le Franc, Linda Le Franc's mother was present to light the candles for the murdered women in Kitimat.
Although the evening was not very well attended, there was good discussion on how strides to end violence against women have taken shape. Rumley explained that awareness and education programs are now targeted at both men and women, girls and boys to teach equality.
This year, the 16 Days to End Gender Violence visited the high school and carried out the white ribbon campaign that comes with an oath not to do harm to women or to remain silent when violence is done to a woman. Candice Griffith from the Natural path in Terrace came down to Kitimat do a workshop on stress and the immune system.
When asked what can be done to bring about an end to gender based violence, Rumley replied: “We definitely need to continue to work beside each other in the community, friends neighbours, coworkers and we need to encourage men and boys in joining us in ending violence against women.”