November 30th, 2012
The Circle at Brescia acknowledges 23rd anniversary of Montreal Massacre with ritual commemoration
London, ON –The Circle Women’s Centre at Brescia University College will invite members of the community to attend a Ritual of Re-Membering in the Brescia Auditorium on Thursday, December 6th at noon.
December 6th, 2012 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, commemorates the deaths of 14 young women who were tragically murdered in 1989 by a young man enraged by the number of women enrolled in the School of Engineering, whom he perceived to be threatening his admittance at École Polytechnique in Montreal.
As Canada's only women's university, Brescia stands in solidarity as a community during this National Day of Remembrance and Action. Director of The Circle Women’s Centre at Brescia, Kim Young Milani, says, “The Ritual of Re-Membering moves through our grief and sadness into hope and power for transformation and change.”
This year’s guest speaker at the event is Susan Macphail, Director of My Sister’s Place, a safe and supportive community centre for women facing or at risk of homelessness. The Circle also works in collaboration with the London Abused Women’s Centre to display the Silent Witnesses, an international initiative with local focus that displays free-standing, life-sized red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, or children whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner, or acquaintance.
Admission and parking for the commemoration ritual are free. To learn more about The Circle visit the organization’s web site at http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/index.html.
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Brescia University College, Canada's premier women's university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/media/index.html