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2015 Purple Ribbon Campaign

Healthy relationships and right relations do not include violence.

The Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence (Campagne du ruban violet contre la violence) was initiated by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1991 to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women.

We appreciate the use of the beautiful and powerful image "Still Dancing" by Jonathan LaBillois, used on our 2015 multilingual poster. The 2015-16 purple ribbon resources are ready for distribution to communities, groups, and individuals across PEI. New resources will be updated on this website throughout November and December. Please contact the Advisory Council for bookmarks and ribbons, posters, tattoos, or a Teachers Guide package full of useful materials: 902-368-4510 or

We also appreciate working with the Aboriginal Women's Association of PEI (AWA) on the theme of missing and murdered Indigenous women. They have assisted Council and staff to better understand the realities of Aboriginal women, and have helped to make meaningful connections with Indigenous organizations and communities on PEI. Gratitude as well, to all who gave input on the Teachers Guide resources. Wela'lin.


  • Join us for our Purple Pinning Bee - Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, Beanz Espresso Cafe, 138 Great George Street, Charlottetown.

The Charlottetown Montreal Massacre Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 4th, 12 noon at the Confederation Centre Memorial Hall. The focus of the service will be honouring front-line workers, those essential people who often make crucial and positive interventions at times of trauma. The people who say "I believe you." The people who offer compassionate and practical support. The people who often save lives in our community. The Advisory Council will be offering small gifts in gratitude to front-line workers in appreciation.

purple ribbon campaign bookmarks

Orientation Sheet, 2013, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Artwork: "Seeds" by Mari Basiletti. This work was commissioned by and hangs in the waiting room of the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, Charlottetown.

News release - Communiqué de presse ... link

December 4, 2015 Commentary
... link: bilingual

Memorial Service Photo Gallery ... link

Reflection of Purple Ribbon Day by Joey Chen ... link

A Feature of the 2015 Purple Ribbon Campaign

    • Handouts for Students / Documents à distribuer aux étudiants ... PDF
    • Resources for Teachers / Ressources pour les enseignants ... PDF

Thank you to the 2015 contributors to the Purple Ribbon Campaign for generous assistance. This list will be updated weekly, as contributors are confirmed:
  • Federated Women's Institutes of PEI
  • Quilting B & More
  • Premier Wade MacLauchlan's Office
  • City of Charlottetown
  • Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC)
  • Judy Clark and Julie Pellissier-Lush, PEI Aboriginal Women's Association
  • Jonathan Labillois, artist (use of poster artwork, "Still Dancing")
  • Native Council's Youth Program "Walking The Red Road"
  • Dr. Lynn Gehl
  • Lori Kays, Beanz Espresso Bar and Cafe
  • Cheryl Tanton, Health Curriculum Specialist
  • Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS)
  • Francis Handrahan
  • Pam MacKinnon, Silent Witnesses
  • Allyson Richards, UPEI volunteer
  • Karen Murphy
  • Dawn Wilson
  • Sharon O'Brien
  • Melissa Peter-Paul
  • Joey Chen
  • and more than two dozen candlelighters who participated in the Memorial Service

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Holland College Student Union reps and volunteers did a bang up job with promoting violence prevention awareness, focusing on what makes a healthy relationship!   
                                Purple ribbon display (Medium)

Many busy hands at work preparing the mailout!

Click for more on past Purple Ribbon Campaigns.          

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