Remembering December 6, 1989


What happened on December 6th, 1989?

On December 6th, 1989, an armed man entered an Engineering class at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. After he forced the men to leave, he said he ‘hated feminists’ and began shooting the women students in the class. He continued onto the rest of the school, firing at women on the campus. At the end of his rampage, he had murdered 14 women and committed suicide.

In response to such acts of violence, Canada established December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. It is a remembered of this national tragedy, and provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the nature of gender-based violence across the country.

At UBC, we want to recognize that violence against women is an ongoing reality, influenced not only by sexism, but also by poverty, racial discrimination, colonialism, and other factors. While we remember this tragic event and honor the women who died, we also want to think critically about why we remember this act as a national tragedy, when so many acts of violence against women are not memorialized in this way.

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Events at UBC Vancouver

14 Not Forgotten Memorial:
Date: Tuesday, November 18
Time: 12:30-1 p.m.
Location: The Wayne and William White Engineering Design Centre Courtyard

Panel Discussion: An Examination of December 6th: 25 Years Later
Date: Tuesday, November 25
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.
Location: Simon K. Y. Lee Global
Lounge, Media Room, Building 1, 2205 Lower Mall

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Silk Screening T-shirt Workshop:
Date: Tuesday, November 25
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Place Vanier Residence, Boardroom

Candlelight Vigil:
Date: Friday, December 5
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: SUB Main Concourse

Presented by AMS Student Society, Sexual Assault Support Centre and UBC.

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