Remembering Montreal and indigenous women

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Fourteen young women, almost all of them in their early twenties, shot dead by a gunman who blamed successful women for his own unhappy life.

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White and a group of engineering students are creating a monument to honour victims of violence against women - this year focusing on missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

"It's a day where we need to recognize that we have made some stride and that there is a great amount of awareness, but it's a day to challenge us, in hearing all of the names of the women who have been at the hands of gender based violence over the past year", says OPP Insp.

In 1989, Marc Lepine opened fire at École Polytechnique, killing 14 engineering students simply because they were women.

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Thomson smiled and posed for photos as she was presented with the $30,000 scholarship as well as a gold and silver necklace and 14 white roses - one for each of the 14 women who died. Lit candles, a screen displaying the names of the young women so mercilessly slaughtered and the soft strains of piano music honour the lives lost. The date also falls within the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign which begins on November 25 with the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and runs until December 10 with Human Rights Day.

"I always have to point out that women in this country still face sexism and violence every day". Nirmala Armstrong, herself once a victim of domestic violence, said. "There is still a power struggle, and there is still violence against women", said Carvalho. "Together we have a responsibility to foster a culture of respect and inclusion".

"We're seeing things happening, we're seeing people being removed from their jobs and it becoming very public, and I think that is exactly what needs to happen for us to start seeing change, there needs to be repercussions", Johb said.

"It is an issue of power and control", she says of gender-based violence, then and now.

Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.

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