December 6th: A day to remember and a reminder that we must work for change

Today we honour the memory of the 14 young women who were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal, 24 years ago today. These promising engineering students were gunned down in the prime of their lives simply because they were women.

This tragedy opened our eyes to a dark reality, and it led us to declare every December 6th a National Day of Remembrance. But clearly, it’s not enough just to remember. We must work for change.

Together, we can ensure that women fleeing abuse have the support they need.

We can keep dangerous weapons out of dangerous hands.

We can demand justice for the hundreds of Aboriginal women who have vanished from our streets.

And we can build a Canada where everyone lives safely.

We owe those 14 young women nothing less.

  • 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