Light installation to memorialize École Polytechnique massacre victims

(K’jipuktuk/Halifax)  December 4, 2020 – On Sunday, the NSCAD community is standing up against gendered violence 31 years after 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal were killed by a man armed with a gun, a knife and a hatred of feminists.

As part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, members of the university’s community are invited to observe a moment of silence on December 6, 2020 at 4:10 p.m. – the time when the shooting began – to remember the 14 victims who were murdered on December 6, 1989.

To honour and remember these young women on Sunday evening at 5:10 p.m., NSCAD will project their names on the north wall of the Fountain Campus:

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 a white ribbon is a way of commemorating this day by raising awareness of the prevalence of male violence against women, with the ribbon symbolizing the idea of men giving up their arms and making a commitment to stop gendered violence.

“NSCAD recognizes that gender and partner violence have increased in the wake of COVID-19,” says NSCAD Interim President Sarah McKinnon, PhD. “By standing together, remembering the École Polytechnique massacre and committing to concrete action to prevent gendered violence, we honour the struggles of its victims.”