Today is December 6th and every year on this day I like to take a moment to reflect and remember what happened on this day 24 years ago.
On December 6 we commemorate
the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre,
at L’École Polytechnique de Montréal.
On that terrible day December 6 1989
14 innocent young women were gunned down-
in a senseless and horrific act of violence against women.
They were young engineering students-
most of them-
one of them was a clerk in the school office-
one of them was 35 years old-
and had gone back to school to study nursing.
They were all filled with hopes dreams and aspirations.
And yet on this day, 24 years ago,
they died, simply because they were women.
For 45 minutes on Dec. 6, 1989
the killer, who’s name I will not mention,
roamed the corridors of
Montreal’s École Polytechnique
screaming “I hate feminists.”
these talented, intelligent,
beautiful young women died.
Please take the time
to say their names aloud-
or read them slowly in your mind,
and help me mark this day.
The women’s names were:
Genevieve Bergeron, 21
Helene Colgan, 23
Nathalie Croteau, 23
Barbara Daigneault, 22
Anne-Marie Edward, 21
Maud Haviernick, 31
Maryse Leclair, 23
Anne-Marie Lemay, 27
Sonia Pelletier, 28
Michelle Richard, 21
Annie St-Arneault, 23
Annie Turcotte, 21
Barbara Marie Klueznick, 35
Maryse Laganiere, 35
As you go about your daily life today,
please remember that
Violence Against Women and Girls
continues to be a massive global problem.
I am thinking particularly
about the violence against women
at colleges and universities today.
I keep thinking of the string of attacks
that took place at the University of British Columbia
at the beginning of the Fall semester.
I think of women in danger-
all over the world.
We have to make this issue more important.
You could go here and donate to this organization.
These folks have some good things figured out.