Trigger Warning: This post deals with the Ã‰cole Polytechnique massacre and violence against women.
On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman murdered 14 women at Ã‰cole Polytechnique, an engineering school in MontrÃ©al, QuÃ©bec, Canada. He began his attack by entering a classroom and separating the men from the women. He said to the women, “You’re women, you’re going to be engineers. You’re all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists.” He then opened fire on the nine women from left to right, killing six and injuring three. He then moved on to other areas of the school, targetting women specifically. He shot 28 people in total, but all those who died (14) were women.
Here is a CBC Archive of a 1989 news report of the massacre.
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. In addition to the victims of the Ã‰cole Polytechnique massacre, we should also remember that some women are at a much higher risk of violence than others. One group is Aboriginal women:
Sometimes women forget that as Aboriginal women, we are five times more likely to die of violence than any other race of women in Canada, and that women have been going missing and being murdered in our communities by the thousands, for hundreds of years.
Another group is transgender and transsexual women, who are the majority of those murdered by anti-trans violence.