The Riverview memorial was created in response to the murder of the 14 women at the University of Montreal, December 6, 1989.
Surrounded by 12 spruce trees that represent the provinces and territories, the memorial inscription reads "First Mourn: Then Work for Change. Envision a world without violence, where women are free and respected. In honour and to grieve all abused women. In remembrance of our 14 sisters who were killed in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989."
Recently, the memorial was vandalized: "The vandalized monument, a round granite slab, was covered in yellow spray paint and a swastika was painted over the peace dove. Parts of the inscription were completely obscured by paint, and someone spray-painted racist slogans on the concrete base. There was so much graffiti in industrial-strength paint that the monument’s lettering had to be repainted."