Remembering The 14 Women Murdered During The Montreal Massacre

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Dec 7, 2011

Today we pay our respects to 14 women murdered in Montreal on December 6, 1989, during the Montreal Massacre.

That day, 25 year-old Marc Lépine entered École Polytechnique engineering school armed a .22 calibre rifle. He separated men from women, murdered the 14 women whom he called “une gange de féministes”.

A year later Parliament established the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We have work to do.

Canada’s national gun registry was created in response to the Montreal Massacre.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government recently introduced legislation to kill the gun registry. Our activism around December 6 must revolve around supporting the registry.

Not to forget the society we live in. In our homes, workplaces and public spaces, stereotypes, bigotry and violence against women are still the norm. Take one moment and imagine the victim was your mother, sister…

We must take personal responsibility and fight for a future where men and women are equal.

For those of you interested in solidarity, I suggest supporting the White Ribbon Campaign, a collective of men established to end violence against women. They work with men and boys to educate them about their role in promoting gender equality and ending violence against women and girls.

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.