The names of the 14 women killed in the December 6, 1989 massacre at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique engraved on a memorail at the University of Windsor. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Huron Remembers Montreal Massacre

The Huron Domestic Assault Review Team or DART is asking everyone to take a moment today to remember the 14 women killed in the massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.

A male shooter separated men and women at the school’s engineering department, then brutally murdered 14 female students.

December 6th, 1989 remains one of Canada’s largest mass shootings, and in 1991, the day was dedicated as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

One in three women around the world will experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

The day is a chance to speak out individually, and as a community against all forms of violence towards women and girls.

In Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days.

Up to 8,000 women and children hide in shelters across the country on any given day.

Over 460,000 cases of sexual assault are reported in our country every year.

Indigenous women are 7 times more likely to be killed, and there are approximately 582 missing and murdered indigenous
women across the country.

“On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, not only is it our opportunity to reflect on the lives lost, we must be cognizant that gender based violence is still ongoing for many women and children. Collectively we must take action to put an end to domestic violence. We can all be part of the solution. Whether it is by taking a pledge to end domestic violence, setting a positive example for our children, supporting a victim or speaking up on this issue, we all have an important role to play to combat domestic violence in our community,” said Huron OPP Domestic Violence Coordinator, Constable Ed Barty.

The 14 women who were killed at L’École Polytechnique de Montréal:
Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault
Anne-Marie Edward
Maud Haviernick
Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz

Maryse Laganière
Maryse Leclair
Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte