Next Saturday, December 6, marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of fourteen women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989, gunned down by a lone man because they were women.
In 1991 our Parliament declared December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day not only marks the anniversary of the massacre, it also serves as a reminder of women around the world who have suffered gender-based violence. More than just a memorial, it is also a call to action to end violence against women and children.
The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society will be remembering lives lost on this day and we hope that you too will — no matter where you are — take a moment to reflect on what happened. Remembering this horrific event has become the basis of recognizing and supporting action against widespread violence committed against women in our society.
We will continue to honour the memory of the 14 women:
Geneviève Bergeron (21), student
Hélène Colgan (23), student
Nathalie Croteau (23), student
Barbara Daigneault (22), student
Anne-Marie Edward (21), student
Maud Haviernick (29), student
Maryse Laganière (25), budget clerk
Maryse Leclair (23), student
Anne-Marie Lemay (22), student
Sonia Pelletier (28), student
Michèle Richard (21), student
Annie St-Arneault (23), student
Annie Turcotte (20), student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (31), student