To mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, flags located at municipal buildings in Okotoks and High River will be at half-mast today from sunrise to sunset.

The national day, also known informally as White Ribbon Day, is a day commemorated in Canada each December 6, the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, in which fourteen women were murdered and ten others injured in the name of "fighting feminism".

This day is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it.

On December 6, we remember:

  • 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

Read more about the day on the official Government of Canada website.

If you or someone you know is experiencing gender-related violence in the family or workplace reach out to local authorities or contact The Rowan house.