Montreal, 1989

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into a classroom at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. He separated the men from the women, and started shooting the women. After that, he walked the halls of the school and shot still more women. He claimed that he was fighting feminism. Before killing himself, he had killed 14 women, and had injured ten other women and four men.

I was in my last year of high school at the time, and was applying to a science program for the following year, and Marc Lepine had targeted women who were specifically taking a technical course – engineering. This hit me very hard and I could see that it hit my Mom hard too. Now, as the mother of daughters, it hits me even harder today.

I have never forgotten to remember on December 6.

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

About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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6 Responses to Montreal, 1989

  1. kimberly says:


    Thank you for your post today. I was in my first year of engineering school on Dec. 6, 1989 having just finished my degree in Physics & Math.

    The events of that day rocked our school and made the last week of classes before exams very difficult.

    Did you know that one of the survivors of Dec 6 worked on the KRMF project?


  2. A day to remember. I was in 2nd year university and remember actually not understanding. I couldn't get it though my head that anyone would be against women to that extent. Pulled the veil off my sheltered life, that's for sure.

  3. Laura says:

    We cannot forget these women. Important post Finola.

  4. Katie says:

    Great post Finola. It is so hard to conceive of someone having so much hatred because of gender. They had individual signs along Hazeldean Road today with a different name on each sign. I wondered how many people actually knew what that was all about.

  5. Finola says:

    Kimberly, That must have been incredibly difficult. And no, I had no idea about the krmf project. I'll send you a private message.

    Denise, Yes it was incomprehensible then, as it still is now.

    Laura,Indeed, never forget.

    Katie, Thanks for telling me about the signs. Do you know who had put them up?

  6. Pauline says:

    Great post! We should never forget this horrible tragedy!

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