On December 6, we remember:

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

These 14 young women were murdered in a horrific act of gender-based violence (also known as femicide) at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. We mourn their loss and remember their lives, and reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy. In Canada and around the world, women, girls, LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, plus) and gender-diverse individuals face violence and discrimination. Femicide is recognized internationally by the United Nations as the most extreme form of violence and discrimination against women and girls. Its definition varies across disciplines and world regions, but broadly captures the killing of females, primarily by men, because they are female.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action. Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone living in this country to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, centre the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviours.

King’s University College is committed to protecting our community and to the advancement of knowledge and engagement in the open pursuit of truth and the discovery, and the sharing of knowledge in service to humanity as outlined in King’s Mission. We acknowledge the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. At King’s we teach and research women’s studies, sociology, social justice and peace and other subject areas to affirm gender diversity, end hatred and violence and make our community safer for all. The tragedy of l'École Polytechnique pushes us to advocate and educate for increased safety of our community. This is a time for us to take action.

Understanding Femicide

The Cardinal Carter Library has a variety of resources about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, 16 Days of Activism and gender-based and sexual violence - they're listed under "16 Days of Activism - GBV."

Dr. Jordan Fairbairn, in the Department of Sociology, spoke to a number of media outlets about these issues in the past; here are two of the articles:

King's Campus Resources

King’s has on-campus resources to help all members of our community:

King’s is also a participant in Safe Cities London.

Western's Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) conducts research that investigates systemic and structural barriers to the safety of women and children,

Resources and Books from the Library

Rage and resistance: a theological reflection on the Montreal Massacre
King’s HV6535.C3O4 2006

December 6: from the Montreal massacre to gun control: the inside story
King’s HV7439.C3R38

The Montreal massacre
Brescia HV6535.C2M24

Flowers we will never know the names of: long poem
Weldon PR9299.1.F667F56 2014

After the Montreal Massacre
Online video

The Montreal Massacre: 30 Years On. February 2020
Online video

General books on Gender-Based Violence:

Female genital mutilation and social media
King’s GN484.J85 2019

Understanding gender based violence: national and international contexts
King’s HM1116.U53 2015

Social work practice with survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation
King’s HQ281.S745 2018         

Challenging reproductive control and gendered violence in the Americas: intersectionality, power, and struggles for rights
King’s HQ766 .H47 2018

Feminist accountability: disrupting violence and transforming power
King’s HQ1155.R87 2019

The trouble with marriage: feminists confront law and violence in India
King’s HQ1742.B394 2015

Home safe home: housing solutions for survivors of intimate partner violence
King’s HV1445.B68 2016

Honour killing: dilemma, ritual, understanding
King’s HV6197.P18J34 2008

Women and gendered violence in Canada: an intersectional approach
King’s HV6250.4.W65B77 2018

"Honour" killing and violence: theory, policy and practice
King’s HV6250.4.W65H663 2014

Gender violence: a cultural perspective
King’s HV6250.4.W65M477 2009

A paradox of honor: hopes and perspectives of Muslim-American women
King’s HV6250.4.W65S5235 2018

Violence against women: criminological perspectives on men's violences
King’s HV6250.4.W65W4654 2015

Involving men in ending violence against women: development, gender and VAW in times of conflict
King’s HV6250.4.W65W82 2018

With ash on their faces: Yezidi women and the Islamic State
King’s HV6433.I722O88 2018

Intimate partner violence, risk and security: securing women's lives in a global world
King’s HV6626.I63 2018

Partners in change: working with men to end gender-based violence
King’s HV6626.P37

The crisis of campus sexual violence: critical perspectives on prevention and response
King’s LB2345.C75 2016

Campus action against sexual assault: needs, policies, procedures, and training programs
King’s LB2345.3.R37C36 2016

Rape culture on campus
King’s LB2345.3.R37M56 2018

Perspectives on college sexual assault: perpetrator, victim, and bystander
King’s LB2345.3.R37P47 2015

Sexual violence at Canadian universities: activism, institutional responses, and strategies for change
King’s LB2345.3.R37S49 2017

Shame, gender violence, and ethics: terrors of injustice
Weldon BF575.S45S524 2021

Handbook on gender and violence
Weldon HM1116 .H355 2019

Gender through the prism of difference
Weldon HQ1075.G4666 2020

Hiding in plain sight: immigrant women and domestic violence
Brescia HV6626.23.C3 C45 2020

The politicization of safety: critical perspectives on domestic violence responses 
Brescia KF9322.P76 2019

Disrupting shameful legacies: girls and young women speaking back through the arts to address sexual violence
Weldon NX650.S53D57 2018

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