At U of T, events are taking place across all three campuses for the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women.
Ceremonies will take place in Montreal and across the country to honour the lives lost and to continue to call for an end to violence against women.
The murder of 14 women at l'ƒcole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989 sparked nationwide conversations on the issue of violence against women and has now been named the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Thomson smiled and posed for photos as she was presented with the $30,000 scholarship as well as a gold and silver necklace and 14 white roses - one for each of the 14 women who died. Each woman's name was read out.
"Unions have a significant role to play in ensuring women's safety at home and in the workplace and in advocating for support for women facing violence every day".
"I have received death threats over my effort to provide free period products to students on campus", says Hilary Jahelka, the vice-president of student life with the U of C's Students' Union, by way of one example.
The two dozen or so people who attended the brief outdoor ceremony stood in silence, some wiping away tears as they remembered the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot the 14 women to death and injured 14 other people on December 6, 1989.
To those who are still vulnerable, such as members of the LGBTQ2 community, Indigenous women, newcomers and disabled women, we will not tolerate discrimination and violence.
The men in the crowd wear white ribbons, a symbol of their commitment to be a part of the solution, promoting gender equity, healthy relationships and a new version of masculinity.
"Even though it happened in Montreal 28 years ago, it's something that's still very much happening in society today", said Kendra Strong-Garcia from the YWCA.
"Our humanity and liberation is tied together".
"Most women are able to survive the violence against them but every six days one woman in Canada is murdered by a man who said he loved her", Brown said. Acts of gender-based violence concern us all and must be challenged, especially by those who think they have the privilege to ignore them.