UVic Event: December 4, 2019

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were murdered and another 14 people were injured at what is known as the Montreal massacre, which occurred at École Polytechnique de Montréal. The gunman killed these people because they were women, it was an intentional act of gender-based violence.

Since then, December 6th has become a national day to remember the victims and survivors of the massacre. More recently the day has been expanded to address all forms of gender-based violence including that used against murdered and missing Indigenous women; violence against people who openly challenge the gender binary; violence against sex workers, as well as other forms of violence that intersect with race, sex, gender, socio-economic status and ability among other factors. We are taking this time to not only acknowledge violence against women, but to affirm our commitment to resist and bring about an end to all gender-based violence.

The Walk of Silence to Address Gender-Based Violence

This year, UVic is commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a Walk to End Gender-Based Violence. This event is held in memory of the victims of the École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre on December 6th 1989. The event will take place as follows:

RAVAW Event Poster (PDF)

Date: Wednesday December 4th 2019, 11:30 – 1:30 pm


  • 11:30 am – 11:50 am: Meet in front of the SUB for guest speakers
  • 11:50 am – 12:20 pm: The Walk of Silence
  • 12:20 pm – 1:30 pm: SUB Upper Lounge for hot drinks and mindful activities

All members of the university, including faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join the gathering and leave as their schedule permits. The broader community is also welcome to join us on this day and help us commit to ending this form of violence. Classes will be cancelled from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on December 4th to allow UVic students and staff to participate in this event.

Event location and the walk route:

Participants will gather in front of the Student Union Building (SUB), on the Clearihue-facing side of the building. We will begin with a territory acknowledgement and guest speakers.

This will be followed by a silent walk which will go from the SUB towards the library, going around the Quad area, before returning to the Upper Lounge in the SUB Building.

After the walk, we will gather in the Upper Lounge in the SUB for refreshments, music, and art activities where we can reflect on gender-empowerment topics.

Timeline of event:

  • 11:00 to 11:30: Gathering in front of the SUB Building, on the side facing the Clearihue building.
  • 11:30: Welcome 
  • 11:30 to 11:45:  Territory acknowledgement and guest speakers
  • 11:45 to 11:50: Announce the walking route and topics for thoughts during the walk
  • 11:50 to 12:20: Walk of Silence
  • 12:20 to 12:30: Return to the Upper Lounge for refreshments and discussion
  • 12:30 to 13:30: Art activities, refreshments, and thoughts sharing for participants



Moussa Magassa
Human Rights Advisor-Education
Tel: 250-472-4114


Leah Shumka
Sexualized Violence Education and Prevention Coordinator
Tel: 250-721-8218