Stand in solidarity with women everywhere.
Friday, Dec. 6 is the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. On this day we honour the 14 female engineering students who were murdered 30 years ago at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in an act of gender-based violence.
Since that horrific event, the day has evolved into one that commemorates the lives of all women who have experienced gender-based violence. This issue has become so pervasive in our country that on any given day more than 3,000 women, and their 2,500 children, are living in emergency shelters to escape violence. This is no small deal.
IGNITE, Humber College, and the University of Guelph-Humber recognize the importance of raising awareness for this ongoing crisis in our society. As young people, we have the power to affect the positive change that is necessary to end violence against women (VAW).
To provide a deeper understanding of this issue, the college is hosting guest speaker, Tasha Beeds, at the North campus from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the IGNITE Student Centre.
Tasha is a professor, creative artist, poet, Water Walker and Midewiwin woman who has lived through academic and community experience in relation to violence against Indigenous women and girls. Her discussion will assert Indigenous ways of knowing and being in the world that are of tremendous value and need to be shared. For more information, be sure to visit the event page. Roses will be provided by IGNITE to commemorate the ceremony.
Also, it’s important to know that Humber and UofGH offer a variety of services to educate, empower, and support our community on the issue of violence and sexual assault.
These services include:
- Support for mental wellness and overall well-being;
- Anti-violence and sexual assault policy information;
- On and off-campus resources;
- Workshops and other on-campus initiatives; and
- Community events.
If you or anyone you know is seeking guidance or information, please don’t hesitate to take advantage of these comprehensive services. They’ve been specifically developed for all members of the Humber and UofGH community.
VAW doesn’t just affect people physically, but mentally too. Read why talking about mental health is so important.