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Remembering 14 women

Dec. 6 marks the 20th anniversary of the murders at École Polytechnique.


This Sunday, Dec. 6, marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of 14 women at École Polytechnique, the engineering school affiliated with Université de Montreal. The school will mark the anniversary with a private ceremony open to families of the victims, those injured during the tragedy, and the school’s faculty, staff and students.

Université de Montreal, meanwhile, is acknowledging this sad event with a special exhibit on campus entitled Vingt ans d’action (20 years of action) and the awarding of the annual December 6 Scholarship. Many in the university community will also be wearing a white ribbon to draw attention to violence against women.

I lived in Montreal at the time of the massacre and remember watching the tragedy unfold on national television, yet conscious of the fact it was happening just a few blocks away.

I have nothing to add to all that has been said since the tragedy, except to say that I will remember.

I will remember 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 and Annie Turcotte.

Léo Charbonneau
Léo Charbonneau is the editor of University Affairs.
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