National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Thirty-four years ago today, on 6 December, 1989, 14 women were shot and killed while studying mechanical engineering at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. An act of violence and misogyny took the lives, dreams and goals of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Anne St-Arneault and Annie Turcotte. Ten other women and 4 men were injured. DABC remembers these women and their surviving classmates. We will not forget them, and we and condemn all acts and expressions of gender-based violence.

Communities across Canada and BC are holding vigils in honor of these women, and Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre is hosting an online vigil today at 3:30 pm. Register here for the online vigil: