Roughly 85 to 90 people braved the bitter cold Wednesday (Dec.6th) at Coulter Parkette in downtown Port Elgin, for a vigil to remember the 14 women who lost their lives to a lone gunman at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique Universite du Montreal in 1989.
In recent years, she says the school has worked to transform the anniversary - and the symbol of the white rose - into something positive.
"Hearing about the disgusting tragedy that happened here was a real eye-opener for me, recognizing that even relatively recently there was a lot of violence towards women who wanted to pursue male-dominated fields", she said after the ceremony.
The memorial service will be held on December 6 at 5pm at the Mount Royal Chalet.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, who attended Thursday's ceremony, said the tragedy had a "profound impact" on her teenage years.
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Fourteen light beams will be installed at the lookout representing the 14 women and will shine light into the night sky between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Markham is the first municipality in the region to proclaim December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women, Regional Coun.
"Although this particular massacre happened some time ago, there are a lot of things we're seeing right now, particularly with Indigenous women in our area", said Petrie.
"What happened in Montreal that day was a senseless act of violence that shocked the country, and the world", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.
"And yet, to think that there are still women here in our community, in Markham, in York Region, that face violence, that face threats every single day is truly a sad commentary on our progress as a society". We recognize the disproportionately high levels of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls, and trans individuals.