The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
Posted on Thursday November 19, 2020
It has been 31 years since the tragic mass shooting at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal (December 6, 1989) that saw the promising lives of 14 young women cut violently short. This senseless act of targeted gender-based violence shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
On December 6, 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.
As we come together to commemorate this national tragedy, we also reflect on women who have been murdered in Renfrew County, missing and murdered indigenous women, women in Ontario who were murdered in 2020 and those currently living with violence.
The troubling fact that for women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals across our country violence continues to be a daily reality.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is about honouring those who have experienced gender-based violence; it is also a time to take action.
Join us virtually on the Renfrew County – Ending Violence Against Women (EVA) Facebook page for a livestreamed Memorial at the Women’s Monument in Petawawa.
11am – Sunday December 6
We all have a role to play in creating a culture of respect and taking meaningful action to ensure that tragedies like l'École Polytechnique de Montréal never happen again.