National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Did you know that December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada? It was established in l99l by the Canadian Parliament, marking the anniversary of the murders in l989 of 14 young women at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.
On December 6th, 1989, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and knives, Marc Lepine walked through l’École Polytechnique in Montreal, separated the men from the women, and then proceeded to shoot and kill 14 women while making anti-woman statements.
Thirteen others were wounded. Lepine, who eventually shot and killed himself, had applied for admission to the school and was rejected. In the suicide note he left behind, Lepine indicated that he saw feminists as being responsible for everything that had gone wrong in his life.
December 6, 2008, marks the 19th anniversary of what came to be known as the Montreal Massacre. Events are held throughout the country to remember the 14 women who were killed at l'École Polytechnique.