June 23, 2016 – The National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism is marked every year on June 23 in Canada on the anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland. On this day, flags across Canada are flown at half-mast to honour the victims of the bombing, as well as other acts of terrorist violence that have taken lives of Canadians. The CRCVC stands in solidarity with all those affected by extremist violence and acts of terrorism. There are memorial ceremonies today across Canada and in Ireland to remember the lives taken too soon:
6:30 pm, at Air India 182 Memorial
Monk Island at Lachine Canal (near the Fur Trade Museum)
1255 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Two memorial services will be held in Toronto:
– 12 noon at Air India 182 memorial on the south lawn of Queens’ Park &
– 6:30 pm at Air India 182 memorial
in Humber Bay Park East, Etobicoke
(South of Lakeshore Blvd at Parklawn Rd)
6:30 pm at Air India 182 memorial
In Commissioner’s Park, near Dow’s lake
6:30 pm at Air India 182 memorial in Stanley Park
23 June, 8 am to 9 am – 31st anniversary service at Air India 182 memorial; one minute silence from 8.12 to 8.13 am; followed by prayers by the families present; speeches by dignitaries; refreshments.
As we begin 2016, CRCVC is grateful for the generous support of our donors and partners which allow us to continue to serve persons harmed by crime and violence across Canada. We will focus on our EDUCATION efforts, RESEARCH work and SUPPORT services this coming year. Serving more than 1,000 callers in 2015, we provided information resources, referrals and advocacy to survivors of violence. Staff also developed information resources and participated in various conferences and community events. We also hosted a workshop for professionals working with persons who’ve suffered trauma.
We look forward to publishing findings from our research project, “Investigating the Long-Term Impact of Bereavement Due to Terrorism: Factors That Contribute to Trauma, Grief, Growth and Resilience” in collaboration with VOICES of September 11th and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University. The study is evaluating the immediate and ongoing needs of family members who lost loved ones on 9/11, or in the bombing of Air India Flight 182 in June 1985. By understanding the collective experiences of victims’ families, we will better serve and assist families impacted by other traumatic events. The study closes on Sunday, January 17, 2016. If you are a 9/11 or Air India Family member and have not yet participated, we encourage you to do so. The anonymous questionnaire is accessible at www.voicesofsept11research.org.
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