REPORTING · 9th December 2015
It was raining hard in Kitimat on Sunday, December 6th. This did not stop a small group of Kitimat Residents from gathering at Centennial Park for a candlelight vigil as a part of the 16 Days of Action.
“December 6th is a national day of remembrance and action against violence against women,” said Liz Stannus. “The BC Teachers Federation does this campaign as well.”
December 6th marks the day of the Polytechnic Massacre where 14 women lost their lives in hate crime targeting a single gender.
Kim Leighton-Santos wrote a letter to Nathan Cullen calling for actions to support all women who have faced violence. “It’s important to me for Aboriginals as well,” said Leighton-Santos. “This is something I’ve had to grow up with and seeing the cycle continue, this is important to me to call action.”
With their candles in hand, they moved from Centennial Park to the side of Haisla Hill.
16 Days of Action began on November 25th with the Day to End Violence Against Women and ends December 10th on the United Nations Human Rights Day.