December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The date is etched in history by the shooting deaths of 14 women in 1989 in Montreal at l’Ecole Polytechnique. Canadians reacted with shock, sorrow and outrage.

December 6 is the day we remember the women who died and re-commit to taking action on violence against women and girls until our streets, our campuses and our homes are safe.


Banff YWCA will be hosting an evening reception on December 6, 2016, with keynote speaker Julie S. Lalonde at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff.

To end sexual violence, we must not simply react to it, we must prevent it. To prevent it, we must know how to recognize it before it happens.

 Sexual violence is a lot more than rape. Sexist jokes, stalking, harassment, cyber-bullying and assault all contribute to a culture that condones and supports sexual violence.

How can we change behaviours and social norms to create a culture that is free of violence?  Do we fully understand the concept of consent? How can we support victims?  Can we affect change as bystanders?

Julie Lalonde engages people in a dialogue about sexual violence by challenging common myths and empowers bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.  

We invite everyone to join the discussion.

Tickets are SOLD OUT for the 2016 event. For any questions, please contact Paula at paula@ywcabanff.ca or 403-760-3201.