On this day, in 1989, fourteen young women at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique were murdered in an act of gender-based violence.
This day is a way to remember and commemorate those fourteen young women who lost their lives. It is also a day to remember that there are thousands of women in Canada who still suffer at the hand of violence simply because of their gender.
Today, we think about the impact that this violence has on women, their families and their friends. We come together in solidarity to support women who have experienced violence. Most importantly, we stand up, provide a voice or lend a shoulder, and work to combat all forms of violence against women. Today we bring our communities together and help change the narrative - and we look for ways to work towards a better future for women - a future free of gender-based violence.