Nfld. & Labrador

Vigil held in St. John's remembering Polytechnique massacre

Fourteen students lit 14 candles during a vigil at Memorial University on Sunday to remember the women killed in the 1989 attack on Montreal's I'Ecole Polytechnique.

Polytechnique vigil

7 years ago
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Sunday marked the anniversary of a tragic attack on 14 young women at Montreal University I'Ecole Polytechnique and people in Newfoundland and Labrador have not forgotten.

Sunday marked the tragic anniversary of an attack on 14 young women at Montreal University I'Ecole Polytechnique and people in Newfoundland and Labrador have not forgotten the events of 26 years ago.

A vigil was held at Memorial University in St. John's on Sunday to honour the memory of the women killed in the attack. 

Fourteen students lit 14 candles in remembrance and spoke about the continuing need to end violence against women. 

Jenny Wright, executive director of the St. John's Status of Women Council, said the women killed on December 6, 1989 were killed because of their gender, and it's important to continue to honour the victims. 

"Fourteen beautiful young lives were taken on that day simply because they were women, simply because they were thought to be feminists. We must not forget that," she said. 

"The reasons why they were murdered, the gender equality, misogyny, still exist in society. Women are still being murdered."

Executive Director of the St. John's Status of Women Council Jenny Wright spoke at Sunday's vigil, and said that it's important to remember those killed in the attacks. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Wright said it's important that Memorial University hold a vigil like this one, and the university has an important part to play in preventing violence against women. 

"I think universities can play an absolutely fundamental role [in] fighting violence against women, keeping the issue alive, and ensuring that universities are safe places for all women to come to school, to learn, to create," she said.

Ceremonies also took place in Montreal and at other universities and colleges across the country on Sunday. 

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