December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against women, a day commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, also known as the Montreal massacre. On that day, an armed man walked into an engineering class, deliberately targeting and murdering 14 women. Several others were also injured.
There are memorials across the country to commemorate the day and mourn women killed this year by their intimate partners and femicide. It’s also a day to reaffirm a commitment to end violence against women.
Over the years, the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique Montréal’s commemorative activities.
The 14 women who were killed at Ecole polytechnique: Anne-Marie Lemay, Anne-Marie Edward, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Daigneault, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Genevieve Bergeron, Helene Colgan, Maryse Laganiere, Maryse Leclair, Maud Haviernick, Michele Richard, Nathalie Croteau, Sonia Pelletier.
Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.