Londoners Honour Montreal Massacre Victims

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28 years after Ecole Polytechnique attack, violence towards women continues

Wednesday marks the 28th anniversary of the massacre at Ecole Polytechnique, when one man killed 14 women and shot another people.

"Today marks the 28th anniversary of the day that 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal, exclusively due to their gender".

"Most women are able to survive the violence against them but every six days one woman in Canada is murdered by a man who said he loved her", Brown said.

And on Friday, the 21-year-old visited the Montreal school to be presented with the Order of the White Rose, an award presented annually to a female student who wants to continue her studies in engineering. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau will attend a ceremony for the 14 victims at Mount Royal Park.

Fourteen light beams will be installed at the lookout representing the 14 women and will shine light into the night sky between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The vigil was structured in a way to both honour the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989, but also acknowledge that violence against women remains a problem today.

Fourteen women were killed at École Polytechnique nearly 30 years ago, simply because they were women.

"Although this particular massacre happened some time ago, there are a lot of things we're seeing right now, particularly with Indigenous women in our area", said Petrie.

"That day was a senseless act of violence which shocked the country and the world", said Trudeau.

"That means valuing the voices of women and girls, fighting the injustices and inequalities that put the most vulnerable women at the greatest risk of violence, and breaking down a culture that dismisses women's worth - from Hollywood studios to the halls of Parliament", he said.

"I think it's an award that stems from a awful tragedy, and I think this is an excellent way to try to turn that around years later and make something positive of the fact that women are now recognized as making important contributions in engineering", she said.

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