The tragic mass shooting act at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989 is remembered today, as it completes 30 years of its happening. This targeted terrible incident had captured the lives of 14 promising young women on account of which the Parliament of Canada designated December 6th as the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women”.
On this day, we remember Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz.
While remembering this dreadful incident, we also mirror on the current situation of women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals throughout the world who face violence which have impacted their bodily and biological health. They may have trouble in dealing with other individuals resulted by fear inducing voids in our communities and workplaces due to these cruelties.
Today is about remembering those who have underwent such gender-specific violence; it is also a time for action. We stand in union with the Government of Canada’s #OurActionsMatter Campaign and renounce our responsibility in solidly dealing with and defending such occurrences to protect women.
To conclude, we all have the responsibility in creating a better community that stands together and also for the oppressed without discriminating women from the main course and also in confirming that incidents like l’École Polytechnique de Montréal never happen again.