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34 years since École Polytechnique

By Adam Riley Dec 6, 2023 | 12:04 PM

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Today marks the 34th anniversary of one of the deadliest mass shootings in Canadian history.

On December 6th in 1989 an incel armed with a semi-automatic rifle entered École Polytechnique in Montreal and gunned down 14 women.

They were:

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

Another 10 women and 4 men were injured in the attack.

Also dubbed the Montreal massacre, the attack sparked a crackdown on gun laws in Canada and increased awareness of violence against women.

The massacre was considered the deadliest in Canadian history until the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia.

Since 1991, December 6th has been designated the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, that same year the White Ribbon Campaign was also launched to raise awareness of the prevalence of male violence against women.