National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women takes place on Wednesday, December 6. Students, faculty and staff are asked to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to remember the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.

December 6 - Moment of silence at 11 a.m.

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women
Friday, December 1, 2017

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women takes place on Wednesday, December 6.

Students, faculty and staff will observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to remember the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.

The 14 women were killed in a gender-based act of violence. They were:

  • 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

December 6 is also a day to commemorate the missing and murdered Indigenous women, trans-women and women across the world whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.

In the days leading up to December 6, join the conversation on how we can all take steps to speak up against acts of gender-based violence through the #MyActionsMatter social media campaign.

OCAD U is committed to creating and maintaining an environment where members of the University community can study and work free of sexual and gender-based violence. For information, assistance, or support, please visit OCAD U’s sexual violence support resource page

Ribbons & Roses: OCAD Remembers the Montreal Massacre

white ribbon campaign support
Friday, December 5, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

On December 6, 1989, a twenty-five year-old man, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife, entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal , where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism”, he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria and another classroom, targeting women. In just under twenty minutes he had killed fourteen women and injured four men before turning the gun on himself:

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

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is a day commemorated in Canada each December 6, the anniversary of the massacre. Please join CAASA at OCAD, OCADSU, and Campus Life & Career Services for this special memorial and presentation on Friday.

White ribbons will be sold at this event. Proceeds will benefit the White Ribbon Campaign.

Venue & Address: 
Butterfield Park 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario