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Providence Remembers Slain Women

Courtesy of Steinbach Online

A violence vigil was held Friday morning in Otterburne, remembering the fourteen women murdered twenty-four years ago in Montreal. It was on December 6th, 1989 that a gunman walked inside Ecole Polytechnique, shot and killed fourteen women before taking his own life.

Friday's ceremony was put on by Agape House of Steinbach. Outreach and Awareness Worker Meghan Edwards says it is still relevant to hold these vigils more than two decades later because violence still happens today.

"It's important because it's a way as a community we can take a stand," says Edwards. "It's a call to action. So it's remembrance and we're spurred forward in movement."

Four Providence University College theatre students (Shevaun Fortune, Michael Frank, Cora Fast and Katie Plett) stood up against violence by creating and performing an original work at the vigil demonstrating the changes in abusive relationships.  This proved to be powerful and captivating and the students have since taken that piece "on tour" to the other vigils in the region as well. 

Dozens of people attended Friday's service at Providence to not only remember the women killed in the Montreal Massacre but also honour the Manitoba women who have lost their lives to gender violence in the last year. According to Agape House, an act of male violence against a woman happens every six minutes in Canada.

The article and video produced by Steinbach Online & The Steinbach Carillon

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