Student theatre performances mark Day of Remembrance

York’s Ombudsperson and Centre for Human Rights, in association with Upfront Theatre, will hold a special performance of skits and a play to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Tuesday from noon to 2:30pm.

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women (13 students and one staff) were tragically killed at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal. These women were murdered because of their gender. In response to the tragedy, the federal government established Dec. 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Those who attend can experience what is sure to be an exciting and memorable event that will creatively and artistically explore the occurrence of violence and harassment towards women and others through performance, film and spoken word. This event, titled “Creative Expressions in Honour of the Dec. 6 Montreal Massacre” takes place at The Underground and light refreshments will be served.

Upfront Theatre is a student club at York that has been working with the Faculty of Education to send teacher candidates to local high schools for the past five years. The event was created with the help of the teacher candidates and local high schools for York to commemorate the Day of Remembrance.

This year three high schools will perform skits and a play about date rape and bullying. Approximately 200 students from local high schools will be coming to see the play. York students, faculty and staff are also invited.