Walk to End Gender-Based Violence

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territories the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


 Line of people walking to the Engineering Lab Wing

December 6th: 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. We are taking this day to not only acknowledge violence against women, but to affirm our commitment to resist and bring about an end to all gender-based violence. This includes violence against murdered and missing Indigenous women; violence against 2SLGBTQIA+, non-binary and gender diverse people; 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.

In honour of Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, UVic cancelled all classes from 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. on December 6.

Event details

This year, UVic commemorates the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a Walk to End Gender-Based Violence. Everyone is welcome to come by and join us.

Program guide

December 6, 2022

  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am | Gathering at UVic’s Petch Fountain in front of McPherson Library
  • 11:30 am – 11:50 am | Welcome, Territory acknowledgement and guest speakers
  • 11:50 am – 12:20 pm | Walk to End Gender-Based Violence, from Petch Fountain to Engineering Lab Wing
  • 12:20 pm - 12:30 pm | Engineering Lab Wing for concluding remarks
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Engineering Lab Wing lobby for gentle art activities and refreshments

There are spaces to reflect on your own as well.

A walking mediation labyrinth at the Multifaith Centre is open today – December 9th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

A reflection guide with suggested actions to take is downloadable.


The National Day of Remembrance and Action of Violence Against Women commemorates the tragedy of December 6, 1989 when 14 young women were killed in a horrific act of gender-based violence at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal:

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

As we remember and honour them, we reaffirm our commitment to fighting the misogyny and hatred that affects women, girls, 2SLGBTQIA+, non-binary and gender diverse people around the world to this day.

In past years, the university has coordinated events that spotlight the impact gender-based violence has on our campuses and our communities. We have gathered in candlelight vigils, engaged in presentations and panel discussions, and more recently, joined in a silent walk to honour the victims of gender-based violence. 

Download a PPT slide that can be used to help raise awareness for the event.