December 6, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women


Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada is an annual day of mourning and remembrance for the Massacre at l’École Polytechnique.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of what has become to be known as the Montreal Massacre, when on Dec. 6, 1989, a man walked through l’École Polytechnique in Montreal, separated the men from the women, and then proceeded to shoot and kill 14 women while making anti-feminist statements.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.

In remembrance, December 6, 1989 …

Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student                                                                                                                          Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student

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