Published on December 06, 2018
Anniversary of 1989 tragedy marks end of White Ribbon campaign to stop sexual violence
EDMONTON – NAIT staff and students marked the anniversary Thursday of the killing of 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal with a somber memorial.
Tables draped in black to resemble coffins were set up in the main foyer of the Centre for Applied Technology at NAIT, one for each of the 14 women killed when a gunman attacked the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989. Each table bore a photo and information about one of the victims alongside a white rose.
Hundreds of students and staff signed a banner pledging to help end sexual violence as part of the polytechnic’s White Ribbon campaign, which began Nov. 19. The campaign has included information session about consent, harassment, rape culture and bystander intervention.
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Tim Ira, NAIT student programs coordinator
“As a polytechnic committed to the success and well-being of our students and our province, it’s important for NAIT to mark the anniversary of the massacre at École Polytechnique. Violence against women, woman-identifying and feminine folks must end. We strive to create a diverse community that is supportive and safe – that celebrates and expects meaningful inclusion in STEM education and in all of our academic programs.”
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With nearly 40,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95% employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are important to Alberta’s economy. NAIT helps create competitive organizations by offering services in technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research through its Productivity and Innovation Centre.