"Dec. 6 is the day we remember the women who died and recommit to taking action on violence against women and girls until our streets, our campuses, and our homes are safe", said Marlene Gorman, YWCA Sudbury executive director.
Canadians will commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre when a gunman shot 14 women to death and injured 14 other people.
"Now I think it has to be attitudes to women and men being proud of changing their attitudes".
"YWCA's December 6 rose campaign calls upon all levels of government to make a commitment toward ending violence agaist women", she said.
A somber ceremony marked Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Summerside. A victim, her mother says, of someone with a violent past who targeted women.
The University of Calgary's service for the lives lost on that day, attended by about 200 students, staff and faculty, provides a sombre reflection on that dark day in 1989. Each woman's name was read out.
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"The day is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society".
Fourteen candles were lit, one for each woman murdered 28 years ago at École Polytechnique in Montreal. All were victims of alleged domestic or gender based violence in Ontario this year. Men and women need to realize that violence against women will not end until men are an active part of the solution.
"It's a very fitting connection", Keefer said.
In a statement, the prime minister said the "senseless and hateful act of violence" was a "devastating reminder of what can happen when hatred and misogyny prevail".
Kennedy said that's still an issue in this country with hundreds of indigenous women who haven't returned home to their families yet today. Survivors of gender-based violence are coming together, speaking as one, and standing shoulder to shoulder.