National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada

December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991, this day commemorates the 1989 murders of 14 female engineering students at Montreal’s l'École Polytechnique. They were targeted and died because they were women.

This day is about remembering the victims of gender-based violence. It’s about acknowledging and reflecting on the fact that for far too many Canadian women and girls, violence is still a daily reality. And its about taking action, and making a commitment to ourselves and our communities that we will do something to change this.

“As a female dominated profession and union, this issue hits pretty close to home for registered nurses,” says SUN President, Tracy Zambory. “The time for dialogue is over. We need concrete actions that will have a material impact on ending emotional, financial, physical, psychological, and sexual violence against women and girls. Our biggest barrier to success is and will always be our silence.”

Nurses interact with women who have suffered gender-based traumas in a variety of settings, such as emergency rooms and public health clinics. This places them in a critical position to assist victims in developing a safety plan as well as helping to connect them with supports such as shelters or counselling services.

Get the facts and take action:

There is no place for gender-based violence in our province, in our Canada, and in our world.


Help is out there – Saskatchewan’s Domestic Violence Crisis Hotlines -

Can work be safe when home isn’t? – Initial Findings of a Pan-Canadian Survey on Domestic Violence and the Workplace

The “White Ribbon Campaign” – Since 1991 men have worn white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls

The “Red Rose Campaign” -