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I don't know how many people in the United States (or elsewhere outside of Canada) know about this event. The U.S. has, of course, had a number of school shootings, but you never hear this one brought up when news stories talk about deadly massacres. Why is that? Because it happened in Montreal? Because the victims were women? Because it was a hate crime, and not a "random act of violence?"
Since 1991, every Dec. 6 in Canada is marked as National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, to commemorate the event and remember those who died. We non-Canadians should all join them.
- I highly recommend this article from The Star, "Lessons of the Montreal Massacre," with the summary of "Twenty years ago Sunday, Nathalie Provost yelled 'We are not feminists' as Marc Lépine sprayed her and her classmates with bullets. Today, the engineer and mother of four says: 'I realized many years later that in my life and actions, of course I was a feminist.'"
- I also highly recommend Antonia Zerbisias' post on the subject, "The F Word."
- Ontario Federation of Labour Statement: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6, 2009
- The Canadian Press: "Killer Lépine did not destroy hope at Polytechnique, massacre survivors say"
- Calgary Herald: "Killer's gun shots echo 20 years later"