The Transgender Day of Remembrance is hosted annually on Nov. 20, in order to remember the victims who were murdered because of hate and transphobia. (Submitted)

All welcome at Duncan’s Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony

Cowichan Pride is hosting a ceremony to recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 at the Cowichan Community Centre’s Maple Room.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance is hosted annually on Nov. 20, in order to remember the victims who were murdered because of hate and transphobia,” said Willa Atkinson, co-chair of the Pride Society’s board of directors.

Atkinson said it’s the first event of its kind to be held in the region as folks often go to events in Victoria.

“This’ll be an opportunity for people who haven’t gone to a Day of Remembrance ceremony to do so here,” Atkinson said.

To that end there’ll actually be two ceremonies to give people more than one chance to fit it into their day.

“We plan to do one at 4 p.m. hoping that people from the school or those who can make it earlier in the day,” Atkinson explained. “Then we’re doing a ceremony at 6 p.m. too for those who might work a little later.”

In between the two ceremonies, from 5 to 6 p.m., there’ll be a social hour.

“It’s because the Cowichan Pride board of directors just incorporated into a society over the summer and this is one of our first events we’re putting on,” Atkinson said. “It’ll be for LGBTQ and allies to meet and socialize in our safe space because we don’t have anything like that right now.”

The ceremony will take place in the Maple Room.

“It’s not a celebration, it’s more of a somber ceremony, so people aren’t wearing their pride stuff,” Atkinson said. “After the ceremony indoors we’ll go downstairs and light a candle and do a vigil and have a moment of silence under the Big Stick.”

Cowichan’s famous hockey stick will be lit in the colours of the transgender flag at 4:30 p.m.

Those with a candle are encouraged to bring them for the outdoor vigil.

All are invited.

“It’s open to the public, Atkinson said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Mary Lowther column: The beauty of Lady Godivas from the garden

So THAT’S where my Lady Godiva pumpkins went!

Duncan’s Overdose Prevention Site to move this fall to new Wellness Centre

OPS will be part of new Wellness and Recovery Centre on York Road

Cowichan Music Festival stars denied chance at provincials due to COVID-19 cancellation

“We were grateful that we were able to hold the Cowichan Music Festival”

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate facing penalty; details of Quarantine Act still being worked out

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

Saanich mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Nanaimo’s Harmac mill works to fill doubled pulp order for medical masks and gowns

Mill’s president says extra cleaning in place and workers are social distancing

Two people fined after B.C. police spot online ads re-selling 5,000 surgical, N95 masks

Police confiscated the masks, being sold at inflated prices, and now working with Fraser Health

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Most Read