Je Me Souviens/I Remember

By Jason Menard,

On December 6th, 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

December 6th is not a day for debate. It’s not a day to politicize this event. That type of discussion only dishonours their memory.

Instead, this 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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