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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – December 6th

December 6, 2023 – Commemorative Events on Campus

  • Dec 4 & 5: Information Booths, REDress installation on campus
  • Dec 6: Fire and Tobacco Offering
  • Dec 6: Conversation for Change – Panel Discussion (registration in the link)
  • Dec 6: Memorial Walk

For more details, times and location, please click Dec 6, 2023 – Commemorative Events on Campus.

What is the REDress Project by Jaime Black

December 6 Commemoratives at McMaster University

On Tuesday, February 14th, red dresses will be hung in locations around McMaster’s main campus to commemorate the lives of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls. Valentine’s Day has long been a day to raise awareness about gender-based violence, especially the colonial gender-based violence experienced by Indigenous women. The REDress Project was started by artist Jaime Black, who hopes the red dresses offer us “a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us.” For more information, visit Black’s website.

All are welcome to join us on Feb. 14th at 2:30pm for a memorial walk to commemorate and raise awareness about gender-based violence, beginning at the memorial stone and tree dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women at the front entrance of LR Wilson Hall, near the Sterling street entrance to campus. We will visit several memorials for gender-based violence on McMaster’s main campus, and speakers will briefly address the significance of these memorials.

CHCH News – McMaster’s Memorial Walk

Please note that the previously advertised Events at McMaster: Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women  has been cancelled. The December 6th Planning committee is also postponing the Men’s Walk and the REDress project until February 14, 2023, day of the Women’s Memorial March.

More information to follow in the new year.



To commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women McMaster University’s December 6th Planning Committee honours those lives and loved ones lost at École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989; Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls; McMaster faculty, staff and students impacted by gender-based violence; and those affected by gender-based violence globally.

The December 6th Planning Committee invites you to a virtual roundtable on
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Gender-Based Violence

Sandra Montour
Executive Director of Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support Services

Jessica Bonilla-Damptey
Director of the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) (SACHA)

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah
Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD)

Neha Shah
Director of the McMaster student union’s Women and Gender Equity Network (WGEN)

We invite men to join us on a tour around campus to four memorial sites. At each stop along the walk, one man takes a rose, places it at the memorial site, and shares a few words. It is a time for us as men to reflect on allyship, on the women and trans folks we have learned from in this work, and why we have come to the walk. Each stop is ended with a moment of silence.


McMaster – The Daily News
‘Connection is important’ — How COVID-19 has affected gender-based violence


Because we cannot gather together in person for a commemorative event on campus this year, the McMaster University December 6th planning committee has created four videos as a way to pause and commemorate victims and survivors of gender-based violence.

McMaster’s Chancellor Santee Smith, Opening Remarks

An Enduring Memorial”: Remembering and Resisting Gender-Based Violence at McMaster

That Broke My Heart”: Remembering the Montréal Massacre

Our Loved Ones Are Not Forgotten”: Remembering Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at Six Nations

Black Lives Matter: Remembering those Impacted by Anti-Black Racism and Gender-Based Violence

You can join this year’s Virtual Men’s Walk here

McMaster – The Daily News
Videos provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women