December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence
SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The day a young man of 26 decided that the feminists must be punished for
opening access to university education for women, who would have thought
that this decision was going to cost fourteen young women engineers their
lives? Who could have foreseen that the lives of our daughters was going
to be sacrificed? Should we just sit back and accept that, each year, in
Quebec alone, 9 000 women and children must seek refuge in battered
women's shelters? Must we accept that, each year in Canada, over 100
women die in domestic violence? Is it acceptable that one Canadian woman
out of two has been physically or sexually assaulted after the age of
sixteen? It is perhaps time that we put all our energies into concrete
action rather than into moral condemnation of such acts. To sigh over
violence is one thing, to find the proper solutions to correct the
situation is an enormous challenge.
OUR "RAISON D'ETRE"
If violence has become ever present and its victims numerous, the latter
are more often than not forgotten and their rights trampled upon, whereas
the killers get all the legal protection, they are glorified,
immortalized by the press, by literature and by the movie industry.
The December 6th, 1989 tragedy has cost the lives of fourteen women.
These young women had built dreams, were ambitious and talented. Blossoms
they were, mowed down before they were allowed to fulfill these dreams.
The mandate of the December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence is
twofold: The first ensures the continuation of the December 6th
commemoration in the framework of the "National Day of Remembrance and
Action on Violence Against Women." Whereas the second focuses on
prevention of all forms of violence and in particular, the violence
directed to women and children.
The Foundation plays an active role in changing our society. The parents
of the December 6th victims would wish that the tragedy never be
forgotten, lest it may repeat itself. We must remember so as to learn
from past experiences and take corrective measures for the future.
Prevention is the key word here!
The Foundation has established a yearly tradition of commemorative choral
concerts on the night of the 6th of December, called "In Concert for
Reflection". These are staged in a stunningly attractive church and
create a link between religion and culture. Our commemorations are always
beautiful and dignified, worthy of the memory of our daughters.
Production of a Video
A videocassette entitled "Youngsters Solutions to Sexism and Violence"
was jointly produced with the C.E.Q. (Centrale des Enseignantes et
Enseignants du Quebec) and Pacijou, an organization which promotes the
use of peaceful toys. The video was the second phase of a composition
contest in Quebec high schools in which youngsters were asked to chose
one of four sexist or violent situations taken from their daily lives and
find solutions to them. The video was then produced from the proposed
youngsters solutions as a starting point, and is to be used as a tool to
provoke structured in-class discussions on the subject of violence,
sexism and racism. The overall goal is to teach youngsters how to resolve
The December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence has been in the
forefront of the struggle for stricter gun control in Canada, where its
president, Mrs. Suzanne Laplante Edward, through intense lobbying and
participation in study sessions in preparation of the new gun law C-17,
was able to present the point of view of firearms victims.
Conferences and Workshops
Mrs. Laplante Edward is invited everywhere in Canada to give conferences
and workshops on the theme of violence.
PLEASE HELP US TO REDUCE VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY
Become a friend by making a donation to the December 6th Victims
Foundation Against Violence and receive information on our activities.
The December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence
4774 Meloches Street
Pierrefonds, P. Q. H9J 1Y8
Fax (514) 626-9972