National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

Established in 1991 by Parliament, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence, December 6 provides Canadians with an opportunity to reflect on continued violence against women in our society, remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence and work towards meaningful change in our community.

Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student

Portrait of 14 victims of the Montreal Massacre. (Canadian Press). Available at:


Portrait of 14 victims of the Montreal Massacre. (Canadian Press). Available at:

Additional resources on activism, research, resources at York University Libraries:

Biographical information about victims

“Montreal Massacre Victims - Montreal - CBC News”, December 4, 2009. Available at:

Research Guide for Violence Against Women

This guide was designed to help the York University community research the available information on violence against women and in doing so, be further inspired to end it.

Marilou McPhedran archival fonds 

Lawyer Marilou McPhedran worked on a number of projects for the Metropolitan Toronto Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) s in the 1990s, including its involvement with the May-Iles inquest and other legal cases, public safety audits for the Royal Bank and the Toronto Transit Commission, an Ontario Women's Justice Network project, and the production of METRAC publications on stalking and domestic violence.

Description of materials available here.

 Gail Singer archival fonds (F0462)

Gail Singer is a film maker who developed and directed a number of documentaries regarding violence against women and domestic violence, including You Can’t Beat a Woman! (1997) and Loved Honoured and Bruised (1980).

List of relevant materials available here.

 Women, social justice, and Canadian trade unions collection

Since the 1970s, the Canadian union movement has produced extensive documentation on equity-related issues. This material often had an ephemeral existence as unions lacked resources to preserve and provide access to the documents. In order to promote access and to raise consciousness about important union sources, Professor Linda Briskin, a feminist and union activist, began collecting these documents in the 1970s. The collection deals with equity in collective bargaining units, including issues of sisterhood and solidarity, education, human rights, anti-racism, aboriginal issues, affirmative action, violence against women, and the impact of technological change.

List of materials available here.

CBC Digital Archives : resources on The Montreal Massacre

Selection of television and radio broadcasts regarding the murders.


“Montreal Massacre Victims - Montreal - CBC News”, December 6, 2009. Web. 4 December 2012. Available at:
“National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women | Status of Women Canada.” Web. 5 December 2012. Available at: .

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