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Montreal Massacre: daring to remember!

We shall not forget you

On Wednesday December 6th, 1989 fourteen women were gunned down at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.  

Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault,  Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte

Natalie Provost: wounded

"'We are not feminists.'"

A visual memory and contemplation

Ann

21

A first year student in chemical engineering 

Suzanne Laplante-Edward “recalled her daughter’s excitement after being accepted on the University of Montreal alpine ski racing team, just one week before her death at the hands of Lepine.  ‘Never mind that she will never actually race a single race on that team.  She made it, didn’t she?  And all through fall, she trained and practiced, and raised funds for the team.  The main thing is she had a ball doing it.  And she is racing with theme in spirit.’”  “’She was a charmer, especially to handsome young men, but she was also warm and sincere.’” (Bueckert, 1991)

A call to action

Our collective grief and thought

A mother's pain

Chorus

All life is sacred

my mother keeps repeating

as daughters’ bodies spasm

bleeding fragments of life

curled in fetal position

I cringe “All life is sacred”

I murmur from my chair

My breath wraps around images

tries to make sense of a world

that created this sensibility

stealing your life too soon

 

by Lee Maracle

References

Bailey, P. (2009, March 19). Reliving the tragedy: Director Denis Villeneuve discusses his film about the Montreal Massacre. CBC News: Arts & Entertainment.

Bueckert, D. (1991, January 17), Mother of massacre victim pleads for tougher gun laws. The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo).

Maracle, L. (2015). Talking to the Diaspora. Winnipeg, MB: ARP Books. 

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