Go to page content

Dec. 6 vigil

Everyone welcome to attend commemorative event

Campus and Community

By Melissa Watton

Each year, Memorial University holds a vigil on the St. John’s campus to commemorate the 14 women who were killed because of their gender at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal, Que. on Dec. 6, 1989.

The anniversary of this tragedy coincides with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada.

Annual event

This year the vigil will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Engineering building’s main lecture theatre (EN-2006) with a reception to follow.

This annual event includes a candlelight procession of 14 students who will each represent the lives of the women who were lost. The Pachelbel Trio will perform and dedications will be offered by university groups and community organizations.

Everyone welcome

Dr. Noreen Golfman, provost and vice-president (academic), will emcee the event.

Siobhan Coady, minister responsible for the Status of Women, will speak on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, will offer welcoming remarks.

Mary Shortall, president, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, will give the keynote address and Natasha Farrell, School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will honour the memory of the women by reading their names aloud.

The Sexual Harassment Office and the Department of Gender Studies invite members of the Memorial University community as well as the community at large to join us again this year as we honour these women and reflect upon concrete actions that each of us can take as a shared responsibility to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence.

Parking for this event will be available in lot 60.


To receive news from Memorial in your inbox, subscribe to Gazette Now.


Latest News

The big reveal

Blue whale skull unveiled at Memorial’s Core Science Facility

‘Unprecedented resource’

Cancer patients directly informing work of public research group

Eternal support

Remembering Dr. Heather Onyett, one of Memorial's greatest supporters

‘Take on the impossible’

Shad Memorial takes summer school to a whole other level

Collaboration builder

Associate vice-president to strengthen MI research, partnerships

Safe spaces

Several gender-inclusive washrooms installed on campus