Archived: SAMRU commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre

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On Wednesday, December 3, SAMRU’s Pride Centre will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre in Wyckham House with an interactive memorial, community fair, and a discussion on gendered violence with speaker Steph Guthrie, founder of Women in Toronto Politics, in Wyckham House.

On December 6, 1989 14 female engineering students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique lost their lives to a gunman who screamed “I hate feminists”. This tragedy became a galvanizing moment where mourning turned to outrage and a promise to pursue equality and recognize the importance of violence against women. SAMRU continues to recognize this terrible day, and the continuing struggle for equality across lines of gender, sexuality, race, spirituality, class, economic status, education, and other areas of inequality.

The victims of the Montreal Massacre were attending their final class of the fall semester. They were targeted for specifically being women studying in a traditionally male dominated environment. Violence against women continues to this day against women in all ethnic groups, socio-economical, and religious communities. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16 years old.

The Students’ Association is dedicated to engaging students in furthering the conversation on violence against women, its effects, and creating a safe space for women on campus.

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about this tragedy, the issue of gendered violence, and the many support services that SAMRU, MRU, and the community offer.

Wednesday December 3, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Main Stage Area and 2nd floor Lounges – Wyckham House
Everyone is welcome

If you are a woman and have experienced or are experiencing violence, please seek help through any of the following organizations:

Mount Royal University Wellness Services: http://www.mtroyal.ca/CampusServices/WellnessServices/index.htm

Calgary Domestic Violence Collective: http://help.endviolence.ca/

Homefront Calgary: http://homefrontcalgary.com/

To learn more about the speaker, please visit: http://stephguthrie.com/

To learn more about this event, please visit: http://www.samru.ca/supportservices/diversity/

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