14 Not Forgotten
On December 6, 1989, an armed man walked into an engineering class at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. After forcing the men to leave, he stated that he hated feminists and began to shoot the women in the class. By the end of the shooting, he had killed 14 women and injured ten more.
In response to this tragedy, Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. This day serves as a reminder of the gender-based violence against women in Canada and around the world that persists today.
The Courtyard adjacent to the Engineering Design Centre has been renovated to build a place for quiet reflection, outdoor study, group gatherings and more. It also incorporates a commemorative element to recognize the event and names of the 14 women killed at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989.
The 2015 Memorial ceremony will be on December 3rd, in the Memorial Courtyard. Below, you can find the poem and 14 stories that will be read by female student leaders.
We encourage you to reflect on the impact gender-based violence has on our community, and invite you to attend other December 6th events on campus (see right for details). We also invite you to visit the memorial in the Engineering Design Centre courtyard.