December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and we again ask you to look into your closets for shoes.
It has been 23 years since fourteen women were killed at the Montreal Polytechnique. It has been 15 years since the Marker of Change memorial was dedicated in Vancouver’s Thornton Park, after 7 years of persistence. It has been 10 years since a group set out 200 pair’s of women’s shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, a memorial wreath, and memorial boards listing the names of women and girls needlessly killed by violence.
We have seen an amazing difference in the attitudes and reactions of the public since our 1st Shoe Memorial and in particular since the struggle to erect the Marker of Change. But women and girls are still dying needlessly so again we are collecting shoes and building our Memorial at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Unlike the first year others join us across Canada building Shoe Memorials so that we never forget.
Our common goal is “that the names of the victims should never be forgotten. They are represented by a pair of shoes and their names displayed”
After the memorial the shoes are given, both directly and indirectly, to women in need.
Working collectively we believe we can have a greater impact.
For more information & other locations
The Shoe Memorial: www.shoememorial.com
In the Lower Mainland
To Donate Shoes please contact: email@example.com
For more information, media interviews or to volunteer please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Kelln at email@example.com (604) 524-2399