One of the most shocking and horrific chapters in Canadian history will be commemorated next week at a special ceremony on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.
The university is holding its annual Dec. 6 Vigil to commemorate 1989’s Montreal Massacre at l’École Polytechnique in Quebec which saw 14 women killed.
Since that dark day, post-secondary institutions such as Memorial have been holding annual ceremonies and vigils, pausing and reflecting on the events.
This year’s service also coincides with the 17th anniversary of the establishment of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women by the federal government.
The vigil is organized annually by Memorial’s Sexual Harassment Office and the Department of Women’s Studies.
It includes a candlelight procession and special readings and will be emceed by Kate Bride, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Memorial and a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies.
It will also include special performances by flutist Dr. Sonja Boon of the Department of Women’s Studies, and Nikki Janes, a Memorial graduate.
The vigil takes place on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the Engineering Building, room EN-2006.
Free parking will be available in all lots marked 16 or 16A.
Media agencies are invited to send representatives to this year’s ceremony.