Toronto – November 28, 2015 – UFCW activists will be participating in Shoe Memorial vigils across the country on December 6th – the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The Shoe Memorials are displays of donated women's shoes to commemorate the 14 women students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal who were killed in a gender-based act of violence on December 6, 1989. The memorials are also a reminder of the thousands of other women in Canada who have been victims of misogynistic violence and murder.
This year, UFCW Canada and local unions will once again actively participate in the co-ordination of Shoe Memorial initiatives across Canada. Shoe memorials do more than propel the public to donate their gently worn shoes to women’s emergency shelters. They propel the donor to think about the violence that goes on in their communities, every time they look in their closet.
Think about taking the time on December 6, to visit your local Shoe Memorial or vigil and create a teachable moment in history that empowers a survivor of violence, and that shares your commitment to ending violence against women in Canada. To download posters for December 6, 2015 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, click here.
UFCW Canada and Local union co-ordinated shoe memorials are as follows:
Vancouver, BC – UFCW Canada Local 1518, Local 247, NGOs and Shoe Memorial Committee
December 6, 9a.m - 3p.m.
Vancouver Art Gallery (Ceremony at 12:00PM)
Peel Region, ON - UFCW Canada, Local unions and PCAWA
December 6, 10a.m. – 2p.m.
Location: Rose Theatre Garden Square (1 Theatre Lane, Brampton)
Medicine Hat, AB - UFCW Local 401 and community partners
December 6th Candlelight Vigil and Shoe Memorial
December 6, 6p.m.
Medicine Hat City Hall
Lethbridge, AB - UFCW Local 401 and community partners
December 6th Candlelight Vigil
December 6, 2 p.m.
YWCA Lobby – 604-8th Street South
Red Deer , AB - UFCW Local 401 and community partners
December 6th Vigil
December 6, 1 p.m.
City Hall Park
Winnipeg, MB – UFCW Local 832 and Manitoba Federation of Labour
Friday, December 4, 11:45a.m. - 1p.m.
Union Centre, 275 Broadway Avenue
Saskatoon - SK – UFCW Local 1400 and community partners
December 6, 2015
University of Saskatchewan, Memorial Union Building, Room 105 (93 Campus Drive)
For more information on the Shoe memorial initiative or to locate other Shoe Memorial locations across Canada go to www.shoememorial.com. Find out more information about UFCW Canada’s work to eliminate gender-based violence by checking out www.ufcw.ca/women.