Memorial will mark anniversary of Chantel Dunn’s death

Andrea Davis, humanities professor in York’s Faculty of Arts, will give a lecture at a memorial to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of York student Chantel Dunn, who was killed in a shooting incident.

The memorial and lecture will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at The Renaissance, 001 Vanier College, on the Keele campus, from 12:30 to 2:30pm, and will include a performance by the Toronto Mass Choir.

Right: Chantel Dunn

A second-year York student majoring in business & society with aspirations of becoming a lawyer, Dunn was the victim of fatal gun violence on Feb. 7, 2006. A year later her murder remains unsolved.

The commemorative lecture, titled “Every (body) Matters: Contesting a Raced Discourse of Violence in the Canadian National Consciousness,” marks the anniversary of Dunn’s death and recognizes the deep grief her passing and unsolved murder have occasioned in the collective lives of the community.

A commemorative bench and plaque in honour of Dunn will be established on York’s Harry W. Arthurs Common.

The event is sponsored by: the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada; the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts; the Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development; the Divisions of Social Science and Humanities; Calumet College; Vanier College; the York Federation of Students; York’s the Business & Society Program; African Studies; Latin American & Caribbean Studies; the York University Black Students’ Association; and Lisa Tomlinson and family.

  • The Centre for Women and Trans People at York will also hold a memorial service for Dunn at 6pm on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Mississauga’s Praise Cathedral Workshop Centre, 6785 Millcreek Dr.

  • A Web-site memorial to Dunn that includes tributes and appeals for information about her killers can be found at