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UMCE honors victims of violence

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Many university and college representatives, politicians and the community took part Dec. 6 at the University of Moncton, Edmundston Campus (UMCE) in a moving ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the bombing of the École Polytechnique in Montreal and violence against women.

Participants listened to speeches of the interveners, who recalled the importance to remember the 14 young women whose lived had been brutally mowed down on Dec. 6, 1989.

“For 30 years, the survivors of the attack and the families and friends of the victims live with large scars that will never fade. Following this incomprehensible act, it is a nation that has awakened to violence against women. Today, the UMCE, the other two campuses of the University of Moncton and many places in the country, we stress the Day of Remembrance and Action Day against violence against women,” said Madeleine Dubé, UMCE vice president. She asked people to observe a minute of silence.

Responsible Business and Equality Committee Chair at UMCE, Sylvie Morin, explained the mandate of the agency it oversees, as did Charlotte Côté, director of Escale MadaVic, and Karine Bujold, coordinator of Eclipse.

The most touching moment of the ceremony was certainly the presentation of pictures of the 14 victims in which candles had been lit in turn. A candle was also lit in honor of Colette Cimon of the Maliseet First Nation of Madawaska, who died Jan. 24, 1993, in a shooting. A vibrant testimony was made by her sister, Dawn (Cimon) Neveu, who was standing right next to a silent figure representing Colette. Alain Lang, head of the Edmundston Police Force, and his colleague Steve Robinson, inspector, presented bouquets of flowers and pictures of the victims.

Ariane Richard, science student nurse at the Edmundston campus, performed the song of the silent witness, “I defy the rain.”

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