Today we mark the anniversary of the Montreal massacre, also known as the École Polytechnique massacre. On December 6, 1989, an armed attacker entered l’École Polytechnique in Montreal with a rifle and a hunting knife. Claiming that he was “fighting feminism,” the attacker shot 28 people, killing fourteen women and injuring ten more.
This is why December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day, we take time to remember those who were killed in the massacre; to reflect on the continuing struggle for equality across the lines of gender, sexuality, race, spirituality, class, economic status, and education; and to rededicate ourselves to the task of creating safer spaces for women on campus.
Please stop by our memorial display in Wyckham House today and read about the women whose lives and dreams were cut short by this horrific act of violence.