Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Tomorrow - that is, December 6th, 2009 - marks the 20 year anniversary of the Montreal Polytechnique Massacre. On this day in 1989, a man named Marc L├ępine entered an engineering class, made all the men leave the room, declared his hatred of feminism, and used a semi-automatic rifle on all the women in the room. He then when on a shooting spree in the school before committing suicide. In total, he killed 14 women.

In remembrance of those who lost their lives in the most violent school shooting of Canadian history, I've compiled a list of resources with information about helping to end violence against women.

1. CBC has some archived footage of the Ecole Polytechnique events.
2. There will be a candlelight vigil in downtown Toronto tomorrow (and one in Montreal - Thanks, Vanessa).
3. Information about the White Ribbon campaign, with lots of excellent links at the source (including how to donate and get involved).
4. Facts about violence against women from the Canadian Women's Foundation.
5. Assaulted Women's Hotline.
6. This is what I was able to find on the Government of Canada's website.

Please leave your own links in the comments.

Anna Fitz


  1. If you are in Montreal, come to the memorial! (Hosted by the Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Student Society).