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30 Years

It has been 30 years since fourteen (14) women lost their lives to violent misogyny at the Polytechnique Montréal.  They are:


  • Geneviève Bergeron

  • Hélène Colgan

  • Nathalie Croteau

  • Barbara Daigneault

  • Anne-Marie Edward

  • Maud Haviernick

  • Maryse Laganière

  • Maryse Leclair

  • Anne-Marie Lemay

  • Sonia Pelletier

  • Michèle Richard

  • Annie St-Arneault

  • Annie Turcotte

  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz


Today, we stand in solidarity to remember these women on this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  


Thirty (30) years later, gender-based violence remains prolific in Canada and abroad.  Women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals continue to flee violence.  Many continue to lose their lives.  This status quo remains unacceptable.


Change will only come through collective action. Reflect on your actions:

  1. Do you denounce sexist or violent remarks irrespective of their source?

  2. Do you objectify, dehumanize, and/or discriminate against women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals?

  3. Do you check-in with those who may be experiencing violence?

  4. Do you support education and advocacy in combating gender-based violence?

  5. Do you support community initiatives, like Cornerstone, that provide a refuge to those fleeing violence?

  6. In short, are you part of the solution or the problem?


We must all work together if we are to achieve a future free from violence.  Let us strengthen our resolve.  Let us demonstrate the daily courage required to achieve this future.


By Katie Black

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