December 6th: Wear white
December 6th marks a tragic anniversary, one in which 14 female students at Quebec's École Polytechnique de Montréal were killed by a lone gunman. Ten other female students were also injured during the shooter's rampage.
The events of that day shocked a nation and sent a stark reminder to us all of the terrible consequences of violence against women. Every year since that tragic day in 1989, women's organizations across Canada have mobilized within their communities and their workplaces not just to raise awareness about that event, but also to work to ensure those tragic events never happen again. It is a struggle that our Federation has supported through the work of our locals, the work of our Status of Women's Committee and our work with allies in the broader labour movement.
This year FPSE's Status of Women's Committee is encouraging member locals to support their efforts and commemorate the importance of December 6th by wearing white on that day. Your support and solidarity on December 6th will make a difference. Together we are stronger. Together we can make change that will end all violence against women. Spread the word.
The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in BC teaching universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions. FPSE member locals, represented by Presidents' Council and the Executive, represent over 10,000 faculty and staff at 18 public and 12 private sector institutions.