14 women were killed by a gunman at École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.
On Thursday Winnipeg residents got together to show that they did not forget that tragedy. Two Manitoba women made speeches as part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Emily Cablek said that it is very important to remember that day even if it was a great tragedy. The woman also told her story: she was sexually abused by her husband for over 7 years. Then he took the children and Emily did not see them for about 4 years.
She really hopes that her story will give women faith in themselves and a desire to change their lives and to move forward no matter what. Emily expressed her sincere sadness about the fact that in the modern world, women continue to face humiliation and repression, just because they are women. No one should be silent on these topics. They are worth raising in society constantly.
Sally Papso was also at the event and she said she remembers that day quite well. The woman informed that she saw the law changing for the better. However, at the moment it still needs time for these changes to reach the hearts of all people on the planet. Women should get more support, especially in situations when it is about discrimination.
On Thursday, teachers and students gathered at the University of Manitoba to commemorate the victims. About 100 people attended the meeting, 14 volunteers lit candles. Daniella Archer, one of the students who lit a candle, also expressed her memory to the dead women, stressing that they were only 20-21 and the whole life was waiting for them ahead.
She added that those women studied and worked to make life in Canada better in the future, and their lives ended so stupidly at one moment.
30 years after the tragedy, the inhabitants of the province showed that that day will remain in their hearts forever.