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Media Release - December 6, 2023 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Media Release

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

KINCARDINE, ON – Thirty-four years ago on December 6th, 1989, 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because of their gender. They were:

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

Annually on December 6th, we honour these women by recognizing the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Flags will be flying at half-mast in recognition of these fourteen women senselessly murdered, and for others like them tragically killed by gender-based violence.

This Day is a call to action to learn more about gender-based violence, and to speak up against harmful behaviours. It also falls within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which uses the social media hashtag #16Days to help normalize the conversation and allows individuals an opportunity to share how they are being a part of the solution.

For more resources to learn about this day of remembrance and the days of activism, visit our Recognizing Diversity webpage at:

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, contact the Women’s House serving Bruce and Grey for confidential support. Their 24-hour local support line number is 519-396-9655 or call 1-800-265-3026 toll free from the 519-area code. You can also visit their website at for more information and to explore opportunities where you can act as a volunteer or sponsor.

Together, we can make a difference.

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Media Inquiries:

Jillene Bellchamber-Glazier, Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Kincardine

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The Municipality of Kincardine
1475 Concession 5, R.R.
#5, Kincardine, ON N2Z 2X6
Phone: 519-396-3468
F.: 519-396-8288

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