days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the horrific events at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, when a gunman entered the school, segregated the female students from the male students and began firing at the female engineering students.

On that day, December 6, 1989, 14 young women lost their lives to violence. The event has become known as the Montreal Massacre and is symbolic of the fight to end violence against women. In 1991, Canada’s Parliament declared December 6 a National Day of Mourning and the National Day to End Violence Against Women.

Today we mourn the victims of that tragic day:
Genevieve Bergeron | 21
Helene Colgan | 23
Nathalie Croteau | 23
Barbara Daigneault | 22
Anne-Marie Edward | 21
Maud Haviernick | 29
Barbara Maria Klucznik | 31
Maryse Laganiere | 25 was a CUPE member
Maryse Leclair | 23
Anne-Marie Lemay | 27
Sonia Pelletier | 28
Michele Richard | 21
Annie St-Arneault | 23
Annie Turcotte | 21

While we take this day to remember what happened in Montreal, and commemorate the lives of all women who have been victims of gender based violence, we must continue to work to eliminate violence against women.


In solidarity,