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2016 Purple Ribbon Campaign

purple ribbon campaign bookmarks

Believe survivors.


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.

The purple ribbons and bookmarks are ready for distribution to communities, individuals and groups across PEI. This year, the image on our 2016 multilingual poster has been created by our very own Chairperson of the Council, Mari Basiletti, with technical assistance from her partner JoDee Samuelson. Together with the beautiful lettering and fonts of 9 languages, the message to believe those who have been harmed is simple and powerful. The Teachers Guide resources linked to the provincial curriculums for instructors and students will be ready for public use by mid-November. Contact the Status of Women if you’d like posters, purple ribbons, tattoos or any of the Teachers Guides materials: 902-368-4510 or

We appreciate the nine Council members who currently represent Island women on the Advisory Council on the Status of Women.  We are very pleased with the breadth of experience and skills brought by the women of our Council.  Each one brings her particular perspective to the table, as well as that of her geographic community and her communities of choice. Each one is a strong individual – together they are a force of intellect, compassion and commitment that is remarkable.

We continue to appreciate our mutual, respectful relationship with the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, whose members include all Island Indigenous women. We continue to learn about the realities of living as an Aboriginal woman in PEI, and strive to find meaningful ways to reconcile our shared history as settlers in Canada. We struggle as a nation to believe the survivors of residential schools and their children and grandchildren. The historic trauma of Canadian history has only begun to be addressed and repaired with the announcement of a national inquiry.

We give a shout out to Cheryl Tanton, Health and Physical Education Specialist for the provincial Department of Education. Cheryl has offered encouragement, advice and enthusiasm in collaborating on the Teachers Guide resources. We could not develop such engaging and useful materials for teachers and students without her input. Thank you Cheryl.

We also want to acknowledge the men of ManUp who have taken the initiative to support women working to end gender violence. They are taking responsibility for changing male behavior by actively addressing and discouraging male violence. The engagement and education of men and boys is critical for real change to be achieved. We are proud to work alongside you men.

  • Join our lunchtime Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee Thursday November 17, at 12:00pm at the Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street in Charlottetown. Meet our current Council women and help pin ribbons to bookmarks for distribution across PEI in November. Everyone Welcome.

  • On Friday, November 25, 2016, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women will host a screening of Harmony Wagner’s film "Singing to Myself" at The Guild on 111 Queen Street. November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and is also the launch of the Advisory Council’s Purple Ribbon Campaign, an annual effort to draw attention to gender violence on PEI.

  • Time:
    4:00pm to 6:00pm
    (Note: A Social hosted by PEI ManUp will
    follow immediately afterwards)

    The Guild, 111 Queen Street, Charlottetown


    December 6, 2016 Commentary, Believe Survivors by Chairperson Mari Basiletti

    The Guardian, December 6, 2016 - Believe Survivors

    The Advisory Council is very pleased to support the work of Harmony Wagner, a talented local director and writer whose work is garnering increased respect and appreciation. Her film grapples with the sexual assault of a young deaf woman who decides to renounce the world, but whose plans are disrupted by the friendship of a precocious musician. Sophie MacLean plays Iris, the young deaf woman yearning to connect; Bryde MacLean plays Celeste, the musician who disrupts Iris’ life in complex and profound ways. It has been described by the Atlantic Film Festival as “an intimate gaze into the complexity and ease of female friendship.” The film contains some swearing and deals with mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.

    Before the film is shown, Status of Women Minister Paula Biggar will make remarks. Harmony Wagner will also be on hand to say a few words about her film and about being a filmmaker. Following the film screening, the men of PEI ManUp welcome attendees to walk in solidarity from The Guild to the Murphy Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, for a social time at The Alley. All are very welcome to attend.
    Tickets for the film are available through The Guild Box office for $13 (including fees). Call 902-620-3333, toll free 1-866-774-0717, or purchase tickets online:
    Vimeo trailer:




Memorial Services
for Victims of Violence

12:00 noon, Tuesday, December 6

Mi’kmaw welcome: Elder Judy Clark
Guest Speaker: Dima Mreesh
Special performance by KINLEY
Memorial Hall
Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
More info: 902-368-4510
PEI Adv. Council on the Status of Women

Candles will be lit in commemoration of the 14 women who were murdered in Montreal in 1989 and the 10 Island women who have died at the hands of violent men since that year. Speakers and performers will share their perspectives on the theme of believing survivors. Believing sexual assault victims, believing Indigenous peoples in Canada who suffered cultural genocide, believing those violated and displaced by war around the globe, believing women who endure and minimize the daily experience of gender-based violence. We mourn women’s lives that have ended by violence. We listen, we believe, and we act to end violence against women and girls everywhere.

Memorial Service Gallery ... link


12:00 noon, Tuesday, December 6
Summerside Presbyterian Church
130 Victoria Road
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre


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


A Feature of the 2016 Purple Ribbon Campaign

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

Thank you to the 2016 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 - Venue Sponsor
  • Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC)
  • Aboriginal Women's Association
  • Cheryl Tanton, Health/Physical Education Curriculum Specialist
  • PEI Association for Newcomers translators
  • Mari Basiletti, poster artwork
  • Staff at Anderson House, Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS)
  • Members of the public who attended the Pinning Bee
  • PEI ManUp
  • Karen, Pat, Kate, and Dan for their tremendous help with our Purple Ribbon mailout
  • Excel Accounting Services Inc.- mailout sponsor
  • Megan Kelland, UPEI volunteer
  • Interministerial Women's Secretariat - Memorial Service flowers
  • David Morrison, pianist
  • Kinley Dowling, performer
  • Dylan Menzie, guitarist
  • Dima Mreesh, guest speaker
  • Judy Clark, Mi'kmaq opening
  • Eliza Starchild Knockwood, honour song
  • Dawn Wilson
  • Amanda Beazley
  • Pam MacKinnon, UPSE Silent Witnesses
  • Advisory Council members
  • and more than two dozen candlelighters who participated in the Memorial Service


Click for more on past Purple Ribbon Campaigns.          
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