A violence vigil was held Friday morning in Otterburne, remembering the fourteen women murdered twenty-four years ago in Montreal. It was on December 6th, 1989 that a gunman walked inside Ecole Polytechnique, shot and killed fourteen women before taking his own life.
Friday's ceremony was put on by Agape House of Steinbach. Outreach and Awareness Worker Meghan Edwards says it is still relevant to hold these vigils more than two decades later because violence still happens today.
"It's important because it's a way as a community we can take a stand," says Edwards. "It's a call to action. So it's remembrance and we're spurred forward in movement."
Agape House held a similar ceremony in Beausejour Friday afternoon and will also host one in Steinbach Friday at 7pm at Red River College Steinbach Campus. Edwards says they chose the locations in Otterburne and Steinbach because of their co-relation as learning environments.
Dozens of people attended Friday's service at Providence to not only remember the women killed in the Montreal Massacre but also honour the Manitoba women who have lost their lives to gender violence in the last year. According to Agape House, an act of male violence against a woman happens every six minutes in Canada.