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Dec. 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: December 5, 2019 1:00 p.m.

The white ribbon is a visual reminder of the 1989 Montréal Massacre when 14 women were murdered at the hands of an anti-feminist and implores us to stand up against gendered violence.
The white ribbon is a visual reminder of the 1989 Montréal Massacre when 14 women were murdered at the hands of an anti-feminist and implores us to stand up against gendered violence. stock image

On December 6, 2019, 30 years after the death of 14 female École Polytechnique students at the hands of a man armed with a gun and a hatred of feminists, the University of Regina community is standing up against gendered violence. 

As part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, members of the University community will recognize a moment of silence at 4:10 p.m. - the time the shooting began 30 years ago - to remember the 14 women who were murdered on December 6, 1989: 

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

 

Wearing white ribbons as a way of commemorating this day and making a commitment to stop gender violence, U of R students, faculty, and staff will take part in a noon-hour vigil hosted by the University’s Women’s Centre. 

“If we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the killings at École Polytechnique and commit to concrete action in preventing gendered violence, perhaps the lives of these 14 women will not have been lost in vain. We need to widen our focus - at a time when reconciliation is so necessary in our country - to address the issue of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and to honour the struggles of all those who have been victims of gendered violence,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, U of R President and Vice-Chancellor. 

The University community has taken several significant steps over the past year to make the campus an even more welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for all, including the:

December 6 falls within the federal government’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.  This year's campaign, #OurActionsMatter, calls on each of us to share the concrete actions that are being taken in our own communities and in our own lives to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence. The U of R is making graphics available (here and here) to encourage members and friends of the University to use social media to share their messages of action against gender-based violence, toward the kind of world in which we all want to live.  

“The only path forward requires all of us to acknowledge the attitudes and biases that normalize violence. We all need to tell the truth about, confront, and call out sexual and interpersonal violence when we see it, even when it is uncomfortable to do so,” says Jill Arnott, Executive Director of the U of R Women’s Centre. 

The University of Regina sign at the main campus entrance on Kramer Blvd. and Wascana Parkway will be lit in red on the evening of December 6 to honour the victims of the 1989 Montréal Massacre and to remind us all to stand up against gender-based violence.