Sunrise ceremony honours female victims of violence

A sunrise memorial is being held at the Manitoba legislative building to honour women who have died in violence.
A rose and candle, 14 of each, are placed at the rotunda of the Manitoba legislative building in memory of the 14 women killed on Dec. 6, 1989, at Montreal's École Polytechnique. (Brett Purdy/CBC)

A sunrise memorial is being held in the Manitoba legislative building's rotunda to honour women who have died in violence.

Today is a day of remembrance across Canada and especially at Montreal's École Polytechnique, where 14 young women were shot to death 24 years ago, on Dec. 6, 1989.

Dozens of people take in the sunrise ceremony in the rotunda of the Manitoba legislative building on Dec. 6. (Brett Purdy/CBC)
Marc Lepine, 25, walked into the school and separated the men from the women in an engineering classroom before opening fire on the female students.

He then moved into other parts of the building, targeting women as he went, before killing himself. In his suicide note, Lepine blamed feminists for ruining his life.

Almost immediately, the Montreal Massacre became a galvanizing moment in which mourning turned into outrage about all violence against women.

Ceremonies to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women are now held every Dec. 6 in cities across the country.

Flags are also flying at half-mast at Winnipeg city hall.

“Today is a day of remembrance and reflection as we mark the 24th anniversary of the Massacre in Montreal,” said Mayor Sam Katz.

“It is also a time to remember all victims of domestic and gender-based violence, and strengthen our resolve as a community to prevent and stand up against these crimes.”


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