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Remembrance and Action on Gender-based violence

Like other universities across Canada, Dalhousie will hold a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the Dec 6, 1989 Massacre, and encourage action that ends gender-based violence and supports women in male-dominated fields like engineering.
 
Wednesday's event begins at 2 p.m. in Building B310 on Dalhousie's Sexton Campus. It will include speakers conveying the modern-day relevance of this historical event, and will end with a candle-light vigil. ​

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Special Events

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Sexton Campus B310 (B Building)

Cost

Free

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Dalhousie's Women in Engineering Society (WiE) hosts a ceremony for the Remembrance and Action on Gender-based violence.
December 6 marks the 28th anniversary of the unprecedented and deadliest act of violence against women in Canadian History: the École Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre.

On December 6, 1989, a gunman with a legally-obtained rifle entered the École Polytechnique in Montreal with the intent to kill women studying engineering. He said he was "fighting feminism". 14 women were killed, 10 other women and 4 men were injured.

In commemoration of the murdered women, the Canadian government declared Dec 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Each year, federal buildings fly flags and half-mast, and encourage Canadians to wear ribbons to symbolize their commitment to end violence.

Like universities across Canada, Dalhousie will hold a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the Massacre, and encourage action that ends gender-based violence and supports women in male-dominated fields like engineering.

Wednesday’s event begins at 2 p.m. in Building B310 on Dal’s Sexton Campus. It will include speakers conveying the modern-day relevance of this historical event, and will end with a candle-light vigil.

To get to B310, enter through the doors on Barrington Street to the gymnasium building. Take the first right and continue down the hallway and through the first set of doors towards the set of stairs. Go up this set of stairs and continue down the hallway. On the left, before the student lounge, there is another stairwell. Go up two flights of stairs to reach the 3rd floor, go through the set of doors and turn left. B310 is on the right-hand side of the hallway, just beyond the small computer lounge. There is elevator access by walking down the small hallway to the right of the bottom of the first set of stairs. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor, then take a right out of the elevator. B310 will be on the right, just beyond the small computer lounge.

École Polytechnique victims
The following are the14 women who were murdered at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989:
• Geneviève Bergeron, civil engineering student
• Hélène Colgan, mechanical engineering student
• Nathalie Croteau, mechanical engineering student
• Barbara Daigneault, mechanical engineering student
• Anne-Marie Edward, chemical engineering student
• Maud Haviernick, metallurgical (now materials) engineering student
• Maryse Laganière, administrator in École Polytechnique's finance department
• Maryse Leclair, metallurgical (now materials) engineering student
• Anne-Marie Lemay, mechanical engineering student
• Sonia Pelletier, mechanical engineering student
• Michèle Richard, metallurgical (now materials) engineering student
• Annie St-Arneault, mechanical engineering student
• Annie Turcotte, metallurgical (now materials) engineering student
• Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, nursing student

The anniversary of the tragedy falls within Dal’s campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, (November 25 - December 10). For the duration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 2 posters about the event and the victims are on display in the Sexton Alumni Lounge. White Ribbons that symbolize commitment to end violence are also available. We are also hoping to provide opportunities for people to watch the movie Polytechnique at various times during the 16 days. Please watch for further announcements about these.

Contact

peggy.boyd@dal.ca President, Women in Engineering, Dalhousie University