December 6 is The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 1989 marks the day an armed man walked into an engineering class at I’école Polytechnique de Montréal and killed 14 women and injured ten more.  This act of violent misogyny led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Led by the Engineering Undergraduate Society and Faculty of Applied Science, the annual 14 Not Forgotten Ceremony is an opportunity for UBC students, faculty and staff to remember the 14 women who lost their lives and stand against violence towards women.

  • Date & Time: Mon, December 5, 2022 (11:00am – 12:00pm)

Other ways to honour the victims of this tragedy on December 6:

  • Wear a white ribbon. You can make one at home or order one online.
  • Observe a moment of silence at 11:00 am.
  • Attend a vigil in your community.
  • Throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (from November 25 to December 10), add your voice to the conversation and share the ways you are being part of the solution to end gender-based violence. Use the hashtag #16Days.

Gender-based violence still exists

As we mourn their loss and remember their lives, we reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy, and the misogyny that still exists today.

In Canada and around the world, women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals face unacceptable violence and discrimination. Gender-based violence in Canada and around the world has been magnified and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, about every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by their intimate partner.

Learn more about gender-based violence, including what is it, why it is an urgent issue and how to find support, on the Canadian Women’s Foundation website.