Thomas remembers women who lost their lives to violence

Victims of the Montreal Massacre

Polytechnique presents scholarship in honour of Montreal massacre victims

At U of T, events are taking place across all three campuses for the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women.

"And every year, white roses were brought here at the door of polytechnique". He shot 28 people, killing 14 women, before turning the gun on himself.

"With our history as women in education even, being able to strive and be what we want to be, dream those dreams, and become those dreams".

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On Dec. 6, we commemorate and honour the lives of everyone who has died from gender-based violence and the intersection of systemic discrimination such as homophobia, poverty, and racism, including discrimination against Indigenous Peoples.

"Hearing about the frightful tragedy that happened here was a real eye-opener for me, recognizing that even relatively recently there was a lot of violence towards women who wanted to pursue male-dominated fields", she said after the ceremony.

Heidi Rathjen, a former Ecole polytechnique student and witness to the massacre, said it is still important to remember what happened 28 years ago.

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Specifically, in 2015, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), of which the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is an affiliate, partnered with the University of Western Ontario to conduct the first-ever Canadian survey on domestic violence in the workplace. "It's on every single one of us to help end violence against women and girls".

"The most important message that we want to convey as men is that violence against women, of any kind, is not right". "But violence against women is still a very present-day problem, in both our countries".

Her voice quivered on Wednesday as she got emotional about the year we're living in and things not seeming to be getting any better when it comes to violence against women.

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The 14 women slain in this horrific act of misogyny and gender-based violence were 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 and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.

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