UVic Event: December 4, 2020


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were murdered and another 14 people were injured at what is known as the Montreal massacre, which occurred at École Polytechnique de Montréal. The gunman killed these people because they were women, it was an intentional act of gender-based violence.

Since then, December 6th has become a national day to remember the victims and survivors of the massacre. More recently the day has been expanded to address all forms of gender-based violence including that used against murdered and missing Indigenous women; violence against people who openly challenge the gender binary; violence against sex workers, as well as other forms of violence that intersect with race, sex, gender, socio-economic status and ability among other factors. We are taking this time to not only acknowledge violence against women, but to affirm our commitment to resist and bring about an end to all gender-based violence.

In honour of Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action
on Violence Against Women, UVic is cancelling all classes
from 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. on December 4.

In past years, the university has coordinated events that spotlight the impact gender-based violence has on our campuses and our communities. We have gathered in candlelight vigils, engaged in presentations and panel discussions, and more recently, joined in a silent walk to honour the victims of gender-based violence. 


This year, we are asking the community to share in our commitment to ending gender-based violence by taking the hour held aside, wherever you are, to reflect and commit to action. The Reflective Conversation Guide will provide you with contextual information and reflective questions.

We encourage you to review the guide, and:

  1. Engage in personal reflection;
  2. Facilitate or participate in a group reflective conversation, following COVID protocols; and,
  3. Review materials in the guide to learn about the context for this day and about gender-based violence

Share your commitments with us at


The National Day of Remembrance and Action of Violence Against Women commemorates the tragedy of December 6, 1989 when 14 young women were killed in a horrific act of gender-based violence at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal:

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

As we remember and honour them, we reaffirm our commitment to fighting the misogyny and hatred that affects women, girls, LGBTQ2s+, and gender-diverse individuals around the world to this day.

Cassbreea Dewis
Executive Director, Equity and Human Rights