Red shoe memorial this weekend to mark violence

Thursday marks the 29-year anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, a sombre and violent day in Canadian history now remembered, in part, as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

In Kamloops, that has meant a shoe memorial in recent years — and 2018 is no different. Volunteers create a public memorial consisting of hundreds of donated pairs of women’s shoes, each bearing the name of a murdered or missing woman.

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Organizers have said the shoes are meant to symbolize women’s ability to walk away from a bad relationship or abusive situation. Following the event, the shoes will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

The shoe memorial event will take place on Saturday at Heritage House in Riverside Park between noon and 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome and donations of cash and used shoes will be accepted at the door.

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