Why our communities mark Dec. 6
Many activities stopped as a result of the pandemic. Violence against women, however, is not one of them. This is why communities in the Okanagan and Shuswap are paying attention to the 32st anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, in addition to the ongoing cases of missing women from the region, with a Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 6 co-hosted by a network of organizations and volunteers.
Light a candle and join us
The Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses are working with community members to host safe events on campus, in line with provincial health orders on gatherings:
- Meet in the cafeteria at 4 p.m.
- Outdoor vigil will be held at 4:45 p.m.
- Community members are welcome
Resources and information
Here is a list of resources from sponsoring agencies:
- Okanagan College Aboriginal Services | Department email
- Archway Society for Domestic Peace | Society contact
- Okanagan College Students' Union
- Vernon Students' Association of OC
- Native Courtworker Association of BC | Local contact email
- Legal Aid contact
- SAFE Society | Society contact email
- KUU-US Crisis Line
- Victim's Services email contact
- Women's Shelter: 250-832-9616
Help is available
The topic of violence against women can be triggering for many people. If you require support, please check these resources:
- Crisis Line: 1-833-456-4566
- KUU-US Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717
- Here2Talk counsellors for post-secondary students
- HealthLink nurse phone line: 811
Vigil collaborators and volunteers
The Candlelight Vigil co-hosts greatly appreciate the contributions of community members and organizations collaborating to put on this event: Splatsin Band Councillor and Elder Edna Felix, Elder Penny Lawrence (Okanagan Indian Band and RLTC Board Member), Laureen Felix (Splatsin Band member and local youth advocate), Justen Peters (OKIB), United Church Rev. Jenny Carter, Karen McAndless-Davis (author of When Love Hurts), Michael Ochoa (OKIB), Jacquelyn Rose (Métis Nation) and Deanna Gooden (Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC).