On the 25th anniversary of the tragic Polytechnique shooting that left 14 women dead, special events will take place in Montreal, across the province and even across Canada to commemorate Dec. 6, 1989.
Here is a list of events taking place:
Place du 6-décembre-1989 (Decelles Ave, near Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges)
- 11 a.m.: Gathering organized by the ASSÉ women’s committee. Calling on the student community to come out, the group will meet at the commemorative plaque on the Université de Montreal campus.
- 1 p.m.: Polytechnique officials and student association representatives from 1989 and from 2014 will lay 3 bouquets of 14 white roses. The ceremony will take place at the commemorative plaque located on the west façade of the main building of Polytechnqiue.
- 2 p.m.: Commemorative silent gathering (organized by the Committte of 12 days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women)
- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Commemorative gathering with survivors of the shooting together with families of the victims. People who gather for the silent vigil will march through the Côte-des-Neiges cemetery to stop at the chalet on Mont Royal. There, activists and politicians including Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard are expected to speak. The Verdun’s Women’s Centre will also join this march, handing out white ribbons and white candles to its members. It is also asking women to light a candle in their windows at nightfall.
7:30 p.m.: L’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal will perform a Brahms and Bach concert to commemorate the anniversary at Salle Claude-Champagne in Outremont. Tickets for En souvenir d’elles are $15. Students can attend for free.
8 p.m.: Fourteen singers will take to the stage at Théâtre Outremont. They will perform one song in honour of each victim killed in the shooting. (Organized by Juripop and La Coalition pour le contrôle des armes)
12 p.m.: A vigil in Parc Mémoire d’Elles, corner Gréber and jacques-Cartier
In Quebec City:
12:45 p.m. Gathering in Place Laurier (organzied by Comité Ensemble contre la violence faite aux femmes)
3:30 p.m: The feminist committee of the Maison des femmes des Bois-Francs invites people to attend a theatre presentation in front of the CEGEP.
7 p.m.: Screening of the film Polytechnique at the maison d’hébergement l’Aquarelle
7:30 p.m.: Dinner and performance by singer Philippe Berghella at CÉGEP Jonquière. Before the show, readings will take place and white ribbons will be distributed.
Shine the light
Two Montreal landmarks will follow the lead of the Women’s Y and be illuminated in colour as a way to mark the anniversary.
All day on Saturday, Montreal City Hall will be lit purple as a way to honour the victims who died in the Montreal Massacre 25 years ago.
The tower of the Olympic Stadium will have red lights from sunset to sunrise.
Major monuments across the country will also be illuminated in either red, pink or purple lighting. Shine the Light is an initiative of the Ottawa-based Coalition to End Violence Against Women.