Je Me Souviens

By Jason Menard,

On this date, in 1989, we lost 14 women at the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, QC.

Unfortunately, too many people remember the name of the gunman; not enough remember the names of the women we lost. You will not see the gunman’s name here. Instead, I choose to focus on the 14 people who truly deserved to be remembered:

  • 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

Today is not a day for debate. It’s not a day to politicize this event. That type of discussion only dishonours their memory.

Instead, today is a day to remember the 14 women whose lives were lost. And to empathize with the countless others – both male and female – whose lives have forever been changed because of what happened on Dec. 6, 1989. Today is a day when we should make a promise to these 14 women to do everything in our power to prevent violence of this nature from ever occurring again.

Only that will truly honour their memories.


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