December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

There will be a display at the Cranbrook campus in the Foyer on Friday, December 6 and more information will be available there. As well, please consider viewing the following video:

This song featured on YouTube is written by Bev Nicol and Lisa Dorian. It is in remembrance of the 14 women killed in 1989. The chorus comes from the words of survivor, Nathalie Provost, who said to the killer, “We are only women who are studying engineering.  We are only women who want to live a normal life.”