A candlelight vigil was held for missing or murdered women in Red Deer’s City Hall Park on Friday to draw attention to the need to end anti-feminist and domestic violence. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

PHOTOS: Candles, roses are carried in Red Deer for missing and murdered women

Friday’s vigil marked the 30th anniversary of the Montreal massacre

About 25 central Albertans held a candlelight vigil at Red Deer City Hall Park on Friday, the 30th anniversary of the Montreal massacre.

The mostly female group, which also included a few males, gathered to remember Canada’s hundreds of missing and murdered women.

Fourteen white roses were held in memory of the 14 young engineering students who were killed by a feminist hater at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989.

A smudging ceremony was also enacted as protection for the vigil’s attendees — and in memory of the 1,181 missing or murdered aboriginal women. This is considered a genocide by many and has prompted calls for a national action plan.

According to data from the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Alberta has among the worst rates of domestic violence in the country. More women are now fleeing from dangerous, life-threatening situations than a year ago.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

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Sherri Smith, left, and Patricia Arango were among about 25 people who attended a candlelight vigil Friday in Red Deer. The two red figures behind them represent missing and murdered women. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

A candlelight vigil was held in Red Deer on Friday to remember Canada’s missing and murdered women and take a stand against feminist violence. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Friday’s candlelight vigil at Red Deer’s City Hall Park was held to remember the hundreds of Canadian women who are murdered or missing. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

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