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December 6, 1989. It has been 21 years since the Montreal Massacre at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. I was four years old when Marc Lepine shot and killed 14 women, injuring another 10 women and 4 men.

remember me, december 6 2010

We remember those soldiers who fought for our safety and freedom every November 11th. And they deserve to be remembered, I am not taking anything away from that. But we also need to remember the women who lost their lives due to violence. Furthermore, we must recognize that this act of violence was targeted specifically at women, and was one incident of a wider societal problem of systemic violence designed to oppress women.

The Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel held a fundraising gala on December 5, 2010, to raise awareness of the issue of sexual violence against women. “And Still We Rise” was the theme of the gala, focussing on three words: “Revive! Resist! Rebel!” The gala was dedicated in honour to the 14 women killed on December 6, as well as the 582 First Nations sisters who have been disappeared (murdered/missing) throughout Canada.

Today I choose to remember 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

and

Canada’s Stolen Sisters

Take a moment today to remember these women. Say their names out loud. Say the names of the women in your life who have experienced violence. Say your own name.

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