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Recognizing the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

Many of us in the U of T community can remember where we were 32 years ago when news first broke of what became known as the Montreal Massacre. Fourteen women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique—including 12 engineering students, one nursing student, and one staff member—were murdered in an act of misogyny that shocked citizens around the globe and reverberated through Canada’s post-secondary sector.

In its aftermath, Canadians expressed solidarity and vowed to “fight the hatred” that motivated the murders. By encouraging remembrance, reflection, and a renewed commitment to action, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, launched by the federal government in 1991, aimed to ensure that similar incidents never re-occurred in Canada or elsewhere.

Read the full statement from Kelly Hannah-Moffat, VP, People Strategy, Equity & Culture