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Remembering December 6

Every year, Canadians come together to remember and mourn Montreal’s École Polytechnique tragedy.

Dec 06, 2023

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Thirty-four years ago today, on Dec. 6, 1989, a gunman walked into Montreal’s École Polytechnique and fatally shot 14 women, 13 students and one university employee – simply because they were women. 

Every year, Canadians come together to remember and mourn these women: 

  • 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 

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action.    

Today, AUPE reaffirms our commitment to ending gender-based violence and femicide as well as supporting those who have been impacted, in any form, at home, work or in their community.  

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