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Chilliwack vigil to honour victims of massacre returns to museum

'We will be honouring the 14 young women whose lives were snuffed out because they were women,' says ADTS chair
A candlelight vigil commemorating the victims of the Montreal Massacre is slated for Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. outside the Chilliwack Museum. The names of the 14 women will be read out and everyone is asked to bring a candle.

The annual candlelight vigil to mark the Montreal Massacre in Chilliwack is returning to base of the Chilliwack Museum stairs on Dec. 6.

Organizers at the Ann Davis Transition Society decided to restore the candlelit tradition at that central downtown location for 2013.

"We will be honouring the 14 young women whose lives were snuffed out because they were women, but Dec. 6 also represents an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society, and how to prevent it," said ADTS board chair Kathy Clement.

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal were killed because they were women. The lone gunman made a point of separating the male students from female students before starting his murderous rampage.

As a result, Dec. 6 was chosen to become the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada by an act of Parliament in 1991.

In recent years, many groups and individuals reflect on more recent and local phenomena to remember and honour the many missing and murdered women, from the Trail of Tears to across Canada.

At the Chilliwack vigil, at Dec. 6 at 5 p.m., the names of the 14 women will be read out and remembered. Everyone is asked to bring a candle.

The victims of the massacre include:

Geneviève Bergeron (1968), civil engineering student

Hélène Colgan (1966), mechanical engineering student

Nathalie Croteau (1966), mechanical engineering student

Barbara Daigneault (1967), mechanical engineering student

Anne-Marie Edward (1968), chemical engineering student

Maud Haviernick (1960), materials engineering student

Maryse Laganière (1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department

Maryse Leclair (1966), materials engineering student

Anne-Marie Lemay (1967), mechanical engineering student

Sonia Pelletier (1961), mechanical engineering student

Michèle Richard (1968), materials engineering student

Annie St-Arneault (1966), mechanical engineering student

Annie Turcotte (1969), materials engineering student

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (1958), nursing student

Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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