UBCO School of Engineering unveils memorial honouring lives lost to gender-based violence

A new permanent memorial on the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus was unveiled during the School of Engineering’s 14 Not Forgotten ceremony. The art installation, which is located outside the Engineering Management and Education building, honours the lives lost in the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre as well as the lives and legacies of all those lost to gender-based violence. The piece is titled For Future Matriarchs, and was created by Syilx artist Krista-Belle Stewart and Secwépemc artist and UBCO Assistant Professor Tania Willard. “This gives us something to visualize and to gather around, and to have an action, like lighting the fire,” said Willard. “I hope that everyone goes away and thinks about ways that we can increase attendance for women at University, that we can support women’s choices in life, in love, in community, and in whichever ways women chose.” UBC| Kelowna Capital News Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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