The Envision Counselling and Support Centre will observe one of Canada's saddest anniversaries on December 6.
The date marks the 24th anniversary of the massacre of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique in Montréal. In 1991, the federal government declared the December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.
"While the Montreal massacre happened 24 years ago, the need to remind people of violence against women continues," said Envision executive director Patt Lenover-Adams.
"Since we began counselling women in the southeast almost 20 years ago, certain trends have emerged. In Saskatchewan, when measuring recorded rates of police-reported violent crime, violence against women in 2011 was about double the national rate."
The Montreal Massacre has become symbolic of the fight to end violence against women. Not only does it commemorate the 14 young women of Montreal, and countless other women whose lives have ended in acts of gender-based violence, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the impact of violence against women in society.
It is also an opportunity to consider women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality. Finally, it is a day in which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
"On December 6, we not only honour the women whose lives were taken, but all women and girls who are killed each year due to gender-based violence," said Lenover-Adams. "The day is a call to action, so that we can all contribute to changing our world, even if it is the small world we exist in."
Envision encourages individuals in southeast Saskatchewan to take a moment and reflect on violence against women.
The Envision Counselling and Support Centre provides programming, and counselling and support services, to individuals, couples, and families. Counselling services are available, free of charge, for those who experience partner abuse, stalking and harassment, dating violence, older person abuse, couple or marital relationship breakdowns, or various other family challenges.
Individuals looking for more information can find it on Envision's website.