Hundreds came to the Manitoba legislature this morning for a ceremony to remember the 14 women who were killed in the Montreal Massacre of 1989.
Thursday's sunrise memorial service at the legislative building's rotunda also aims to remember all female victims of violence.
"In Manitoba, you cannot remember the 14 women killed in Montreal without acknowledging the tragedy of murdered and missing women — not only in our province, but throughout our country," said Marlene Bertrand, chair of the Manitoba women's advisory council.
"We learned painfully that day about one person's fear and hostility towards women's equality."
Fourteen youth lit candles and laid roses on the rotunda to remember each of the Montreal Massacre victims.
On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lépine shot and killed the 14 female engineering students at École Polytechnique.
The women were shot dead in their classrooms while they were taking exams, just for the simple fact that they were women.
Ceremonies to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women are held every Dec. 6 in Montreal, Winnipeg and in other cities across the country.