Invermere Purple Lights Campaign 2012

December 28, 2012 – December 29, 2012 all-day
Invermere Purple Lights Campaign 2012
More than one hundred people participated in Invermere’s Purple Lights Vigil in December 2012

Contributed by Larry Rohrick, Director of Program Management, Family Resource Centre of Invermere

In December 2012, the Women’s Information and Safe Home Program of the Invermere Family Resource Centre, together with other community partners including the Akisqnuk and Shuswap First Nations bands, participated in the Purple Light campaign. This is an international program which aims to raise awareness about the domestic abuse and gender violence that exists within our communities. Businesses in the downtown core of Invermere participated by displaying posters and having shade-less lights with purple bulbs shine from their windows for two weeks leading up to the vigil.

The color purple has come to be internationally recognized as a symbol of courage, survival and honour, and the purple lights that shone around Invermere testified to the strength of women and echoed the call to end violence against them. The campaign ended with a candlelight vigil to commemorate the December 6th massacre of 14 women at Montreal’s L’Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. The vigil was held in the centre of the downtown core at dusk and was highlighted by a First Nations dancer and drummers as well as a speech by Elder Sam Paul of the Shuswap Band. The event honored victims of the past as well as offered hope to those who presently suffer.

This year’s campaign was deemed a success in that over 50 businesses supported this crucial cause and more than one hundred people were in attendance.