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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Posted: December 7, 2016 9:00 a.m.

On hand at the U of R to remember the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique were (l-r) Debra Schubert, a social work student and program assistant at the U of R Women's Centre; Jill Arnott, co-ordinator at the Women’s Centre; and Amber Bayda of the YWCA.
On hand at the U of R to remember the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique were (l-r) Debra Schubert, a social work student and program assistant at the U of R Women's Centre; Jill Arnott, co-ordinator at the Women’s Centre; and Amber Bayda of the YWCA. Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina took part in the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

A vigil was held in memory of the 14 women who were shot dead at École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989.

The École Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre, is when 25-year-old Marc Lépine shot and killed 14 women before committing suicide.

He began his attack by entering a classroom and separating the male and female students. After claiming that he was "fighting feminism" and calling the women "a bunch of feminists," he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women. As well as killing 14 women, he injured 10 other women and four men in just under 20 minutes before turning the gun on himself.

The vigil featured a table with a candle next to a picture of each of the women killed in Montreal.

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Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault
Anne-Marie Edward
Maud Haviernick
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz
Maryse Laganière
Maryse Leclair
Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte

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In addition to the vigil, the University of Regina has partnered with the YWCA Canada’s Light the Night Campaign. This cross-Canada campaign aims to end violence against women and girls, works to reduce violence, increase public awareness and prevent violence before it starts by lighting buildings, monuments and bridges with red lights to show national support.

The sign at the University of Regina’s main entrance at Wascana Parkway and Kramer Boulevard was lit up in support of the Light the Night initiative.