Commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the Polytechnique Montréal massacre

Published on December 06, 2022

NAIT and the Government of Alberta honoured and remembered the 14 victims of the 1989 shooting at the Polytechnique Montréal on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at a vigil and installation marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Fourteen chairs were set up in the Feltham Centre on NAIT’s main campus to represent the 14 victims who were murdered for simply being women. The installation included photos, personal information and items to represent each of the murdered women. Poster boards sharing information about and resources for gender-based violence circled the installation, which was visited by many from the NAIT community throughout the day. 

A noon-hour vigil took place beside the installation where attendees heard from Laura Jo Gunter, NAIT president and CEO, Honourable Tanya Fir, parliamentary secretary for Status of Women, Lora Pillipow, deputy minister, Advanced Education, Bev Yee, deputy minister, Skilled Trades and Professions, and Carrie Vos, program controller, Women Building Futures. 

President Gunter led a moment of silence to honour and remember Anne-Marie Lemay, Anne-Marie Edward, Annie St.-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Daigneault, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Genevieve Bergeron, Helene Colgan, Maryse Laganiere, Maryse Leclair, Maud Haviernick, Michele Richard, Nathalie Croteau, and Sonia Pelletier. 

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is part of the international campaign 16 Day of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10. 


"Today we remember the 14 women at Polytechnique Montréal who were killed for no reason other than because they were women. They were beloved sisters and daughters, cherished friends, and brilliant students.  It is important we remember who these women were, mourn for who they could have been, and commit to stop the hatred behind this tragedy."  - Laura Jo Gunter, NAIT president & CEO

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