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On December 6, 1989 14 female engineering students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique lost their lives to a gunman who screamed “I hate feminists”. This tragedy became a galvanizing moment where mourning turned to outrage and a promise to pursue equality and recognize the importance of violence against women. SAMRU continues to recognize this terrible day, and the continuing struggle for equality across lines of gender, sexuality, race, spirituality, class, economic status, education, and other areas of inequality.

 

On Wednesday, December 3, SAMRU’s Pride Centre will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre in Wyckham House with an interactive memorial, community fair, and a discussion on gendered violence with speaker Heather Jarvis of Toronto Slut Walk.


The victims of the Montreal Massacre were attending their final class of the fall semester. They were targeted specifically for being women studying in a traditionally male-dominated environment. Violence continues to this day against women in all ethnic groups, socio-economical, and religious communities. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence according to www.canadianwomen.org/facts-about-violence.

Established by the Parliament of Canada in 1991, December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. SAMRU will mark this day on Friday, December 3rd and hope that the students of MRU will attend and consider the impact of this event on their lives, their studies, and their interactions with one another.

The Students’ Association is dedicated to engaging students in furthering the conversation on violence against women, its effects, and creating a safe space for women on campus. Students experiencing violence, the threat of violence, or who are troubled by violence are encouraged to explore assistance either through our Pride Centre on the 2nd floor of Wyckham House, or through the following services:

Mount Royal University Wellness Services: http://www.mtroyal.ca/CampusServices/WellnessServices/index.htm

Calgary Domestic Violence Collective: http://help.endviolence.ca/

Homefront Calgary: http://homefrontcalgary.com/

To learn more about this event, please visit: https://samru.ca/supportservices/diversity/

  • Dawn Linnemoller, Editor & Content Coordinator, SAMRU

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