Eternal Flame Dedicated
Port Elgin, Ontario
December 6, 2001
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The Canadian Auto Workers dedicated a memorial to the 14 young women who were brutally killed in Montreal at the Ecole Polytechnique on December 6th, 1989, and a symbol of its commitment to work to end violence against women, by lighting an eternal flame at its Family Education Centre in Port Elgin Ontario.
Dir. CAW Women's Dept.
"Beyond commemorating the loss of those 14 young lives this day represents a time to pause and reflect on violence against women in our society. It is also a time to have a special thought for all the women who live daily with the threat of violence, or who have died as a result of a deliberate act of gender based violence."
"Last, but not least, it is a day for communities, individuals and CAW members to reflect on concrete actions that each of us can take to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women."
CAW National President Buzz Hargrove said the eternal flame is a symbol of the union's on going commitment.
CAW National President
"And the eternal flame is exactly that. It reflects the mood of our union. The leadership of our union at every level and our commitment, our commitment of zero tolerance when it comes to women, our sisters in our union, in our homes, in our communities and in our country."
Peggy Nash, assistant to the National President said the eternal flame reminds everyone that change can come, if everyone gets involved.
Assistant to CAW National President
"You know this is a wonderful tribute to the 14 women who were killed at the Ecole Polytechnique. It is a terrible event that has happened in our past, and the sad thing about things that are past is that you can't change them. They are done. We can't do anything about it. But the eternal flame I think is a message of hope. It's about our future and our future is something that we can shape, and we can change and it is a challenge to all of us. We can improve our personal relationships. We can make the world better for our daughters, better than it was for their mothers and grand mothers. We can change our justice system and we can strengthen our social programs."
The life sized bronze sculpture of a young woman looking across the pond to the eternal flame at the Family Education Centre completes the message.
CAW National President
"I think this is an important step for the women of Canada. It is a major step for the men in our union as well."
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."