As Paris marked the one week anniversary of the deadly terror attacks, so too did Saskatoon.
Cradling small candles in the cool winter evening, around 40 people gathered at the University of Saskatchewan to remember victims of the Paris attacks and of violence around the world since Nov. 12.
The evening was hosted by the International Studies Student Association (ISSA) and the Office of International Students and Study Abroad Centre.
“This event is a symbol that the university and the broader Saskatoon community can come together in light of the events that have been dividing much of the world already,” ISSA president Emmanauel Barker said.
Barker said he was “extremely disheartened” by the attacks and ensuing violence and said it was important to make the event inclusive for everyone affected by violence. He hopes people who attended the event walk away with a renews sense that the tragedy will not divide communities.
“I want them to realize communities can hold together in times like this,” he said.
Frederique Baudemont is originally from France by she still has young nephews and nieces who live in Paris.
“There was not way I could not be here today. It’s my little part in honouring the people who died,” she said.”
Today is a day for everybody, not just people in Paris, but everybody in the world who has to deal with the suicide bombs.”
With files from News Talk’s Bryn Levy