Fraser Valley – December 6th, “Day of Remembrance and Action” is fast approaching and has me thinking, like many in the world today, of terrorism. We as a country and as a people want to do something to assist those fleeing terror in the own country and that is very important and commendable.
But what about the other kind of domestic terrorism? What about the terror of a family stuck in a violent situation where a family member holds the family in physical fear with no escape? I have often had male colleagues and friends ask me “Why don’t they leave if it’s that bad?” But then they have never experienced having a loved one abuse them for years and slowly being isolated from regular society either by move to a distant place where no one is known for them to go to; or by leaving them in financial isolation with no means to leave.
Terrorism is definitely on the rise worldwide but we must be vigilant about all kinds of threat. That is what the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is all about.
It’s about the Highway of Tears, a series of unsolved murders and disappearances of young women along the 720 km (450 mi) section of Highway 16.
It’s also about terrorism that includes cultural such as the mother and uncle accused in the so-called “honour” killing of a young British Columbia woman in 2014.
It’s also about the Red River Women where each year, dozens of aboriginal women go missing and some are found in the river that flows through Winnipeg, and about 26-year-old Loretta Saunders, an Inuit woman from Labrador, whose body was found dumped on the side of the Trans-Canada highway in New Brunswick.
It’s about women afraid to walk alone at night, women sexually assaulted, women stalked and threatened, as happened on the UBC Campus.
Ann Davis Transition Society was pleased to hear of the new Prime Minister’s plan to finally hold an inquiry into the murdered and missing aboriginal women.
But will it be enough? Or will the completed inquiry just languish on a forgotten shelf in Ottawa as so many others have in the past. It is up to each and every one of us to remember the women that have been lost and to hold the government accountable for implementation of the enquiry’s final recommendations. That is why December 6th is termed day of “Remembrance and Action”
Please join the Ann Davis Transition Society’s vigil on December 6th at 5 pm as we gather on the steps of the Chilliwack Museum at 45820 Spadina Avenue as we light a candle for each of the 14 women who died at the hands of Marc LéPine in the Montreal Massacre of 1989, and we remember those that have been lost since then.