Polytechnique presents scholarship in honour of Montreal massacre victims

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Students and faculty at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., marked the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre with a small vigil beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to holding a moment of silence in memory of the 14 women killed at at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 28 years ago, she also asked for a moment of silence for missing and murdered indigenous women. Each beam of light will be lit one at a time when the names of the 14 victims are called out during the ceremony. At the request of the victims' families, this will be the final year the names will be read at the London ritual led by the Circle Women's Collective for Spirituality, Activism & the Earth.

At Georgian College, students also remembered the victims from Montreal, many of them able to relate to the women they were honouring.

"They're stepping up and recognizing that gender-based violence is not okay", Keefer said. "We want to start that conversation, we want to start changing that culture and we want more men involved in that conversation and to take an active role", said Clinton. "That's why it is important to have public rituals like this that doesn't just allow you to sit in grief but allows you to move out into your community and create positive change".

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Ella Thomson wasn't even born in 1989 when 14 women were killed at École Polytechnique, but she says learning about the tragedy was a sobering reminder of the violence women in non-traditional fields have faced. It happened at a place of privilege, at a university.

"When I think back to that it's just terrible that such a thing would have happened".

The crowd sang all four verses of the solidarity song "This Tough Spun Web" before the ritual came to an end.

"It is really hard to understand we live, supposedly, in one of the best times in history", he said.