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A tragic event that the engineering community never forgets

November 24, 2023 — 

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, a day that was created out of a tragedy that devastated a nation. On December 6, 1989, 14 women were killed by a gunman at École Polytechnique in Montreal. On this day, the engineering community gathers to honour those 14 women who lost their lives due to misogyny and hate and reflect on where we are today and what we want our future to look like. 

We hope that everyone takes a moment to commit themselves to even just one simple action to combat misogyny and hate. Every small action will contribute to the future we want to create as a community.

“We cannot take the work done by people before us for granted,” said student, Dawson Switzer during the 2022 memorial event. “We must continue to take steps forward to continue to create a more equitable and just world, so that the events of December 6th, 1989 will never happen again.”

On Dec. 6 we wear white ribbons over our hearts, light candles to remember our lost sisters, and look towards the future with hope as we recommit ourselves to take action against violence.


We invite our faculty, staff, students and community members to join us for this annual event. 

When: Dec. 6, 2023

Where: EITC Atrium

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am


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