December 6: A day to remember and to resolve


OTTAWA – Taking time to remember the 14 young women brutally murdered at the École Polytechnique de Montréal is as important today as it was in the days and months following the December 6, 1989 tragedy, MP Nathan Cullen said from Ottawa today.

“Today, especially, we remember these young women: 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,” Cullen said.

“We remember they were murdered only because they were women.

“And we remember the meaningful work society has done since and must still do to end all forms of violence against women and girls.”

Cullen said each anniversary of the Montréal Massacre, when a lone gunman shot 28 women on campus, most of them engineering students, must be a day of reflection and resolution.

“The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is an especially poignant time for us all to reflect on the terrible tragedy of women injured and lost to violence, and to strengthen our resolution to build communities in which women and girls can live without the fear of violence.” 

Cullen noted many Northwest communities and families have been personally touched by the violence of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls along Highway 16.

“Our hearts go out to these families as well today.  We share their pain. 

“And we share their determination to make our communities and country safer for women and girls.” 



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