Ceremonies will be held across Canada Tuesday to mark the 27th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
14 women were shot to death at the Ecole Polytechnique on December 6th, 1989 by a gunman who ranted feminists had ruined his life.
Services held in London include the Ritual of Remembering service at noon at Brescia University College and a candlelight vigil at 5:30 p.m. in Victoria Park at the Women’s Monument.
Megan Walker, executive director of the London Abused Women’s Centre told AM980 she remembers the day vividly.
“I can remember exactly where I was 27 years ago on December the 6th when I heard the news. I was a new mom, I had two little daughters and my heart broke because it really hit home that day that all women are potential victims of violence and femicide for no other reason than their sex.”
Every December 6th, Canadians remember the 14 victims, and recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Walker said it was the Montreal Massacre that spurred her on to do the work she does with the London Abused Women’s Centre.
“It was absolutely the catalyst in my life that drove me to become involved with this issue. I now have three daughters who are all young adults and every day that I’ve ever done this work, I’ve always woken up in the morning thinking of them and thinking of the life I would want for them and for all young girls and women.”
The gunman, Marc Lepine, entered Polytechnique with a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle. By the time he turned the gun on himself and took his own life, 14 women were dead and 14 others, including 10 women, were injured.
The private members bill to recognize December 6th was introduced by NDP MP Dawn Black in 1991.
The victims of the Polytechnique massacre were:
Geneviève Bergeron, 21; Hélène Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23; Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie Edward, 21; Maud Haviernick, 29; Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz?, 31; Maryse Laganière, 25; Maryse Leclair, 23; Anne-Marie Lemay, 22; Sonia Pelletier, 23; Michèle Richard, 21; Annie St-Arneault, 23; and Annie Turcotte, 21.