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Activities commemorating December 6, 1989

November 30, 2021 - Source : NEWS

Thirty-two years have passed since the anti-women attack that took the lives of 14 young women and injured 13 other individuals on December 6, 1989, at Polytechnique Montréal. To honour the memory of the victims of this tragedy, several commemorative activities have been organized.

Logo of the Week of the White Rose


Week of the White Rose

By offering virtual white roses to a person of your choice, you’re helping to cultivate the next generation of women in engineering. From November 30 to December 6, Polytechnique Montréal is inviting its entire community, past and present, as well as the general public, to pose this symbolic and inclusive gesture through the transactional site

The campaign takes its name from white roses that have become commemorative symbols of the tragic events of December 6, 1989. These blooms have also come to highlight the opening of science and engineering to women of all backgrounds, which leads to a more inclusive society, better able to face scientific and technological challenges. Since its inception in 2014, Week of the White Rose has raised over $100,000 - enabling thousands of young girls to attend science workshops and participate in Folie Technique summer science camp.

Thanks to Week of the White Rose, science outreach organization Folie Technique is able to host more young women from underserved backgrounds in its science and engineering outreach activities, to help develop their interest in these disciplines. Give white roses.

Folie Technique celebrates its 30th anniversary

Born in 1991 of an initiative from Polytechnique Montreal’s engineering students, Folie Technique is considered one of Canada’s oldest science camps.

The organization aims to introduce all young people to the universe of science and engineering by stimulating their interest, and allowing them to discover their inherent abilities - regardless of their place of residence, socio-economic situation, or gender. It reaches over 20,000 young people annually, offering them various activities such as a summer science camp and numerous science workshops.

Girls who participate in these activities are encouraged to challenge stereotypes about women and science, and to increase their confidence in their ability to succeed in these fields.


Order of the White Rose Scholarship

On Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., Polytechnique will hold the seventh annual Order of the White Rose Scholarship ceremony. The event is by invitation only, in person, in the main Polytechnique building. This scholarship recognizes an exceptional Canadian woman engineering student who chooses to pursue graduate studies and is awarded a $30,000 scholarship.

White Ribbon distribution

From November 30 to December 6, 2021, white ribbons will be distributed at the main entrances of Polytechnique Montréal buildings.

On December 6, the University Executive (B-210), the Louise-Lalonde-Lamarre Library (L-7600), the Association étudiante de Polytechnique (Polytechnique Student Association - C-215) and the l'Association des étudiants des cycles supérieurs de Polytechnique (Polytechnique Graduate Student Association - C-419) will also be distributing white ribbons in their offices.

Association étudiante de Polytechnique Photo exhibition

As a tribute to the 14 victims of December 6, 1989, Association étudiante de Polytechnique and the PolyPhoto student committee, in collaboration with the Polytechnique Service de reprographie, are presenting a photo exhibit in the tunnel linking the main and Lassonde buildings, starting November 30. Fourteen women members of the Polytechnique Montreal community pay tribute to the 14 women whose lives were taken that tragic day. Next to each portrait, one can learn more about the woman whose name is written on the picture by reading a short biography. This exhibition, which was presented for the first time in 2019 during the 30th anniversary of the feminicide, was motivated by the desire to make these 14 exceptional young women known.

Laying of Rose Wreaths on Polytechnique’s Commemorative Plaque

On Monday, December 6, at 8:30 am, a wreath of white roses will be placed on the commemorative plaque that honours the victims of the December 6, 1989 attack, placed by Polytechnique students and staff. All members of the Polytechnique community (students, staff, alumni) and the general public are invited to be present at the memorial for a moment of contemplation, at any point during the day; note that physical distancing guidelines must be followed. The plaque is located outside, on the South-West wall of Polytechnique’s Main Building.

Light beams on Mont Royal

To keep alive the memory of the young women who died on December 6, 1989, 14 light beams will illuminate the sky above Mount Royal on December 6, 2021 at 5:10 p.m., the time the first shots were fired. Beams will be lit one at a time, every few seconds, as the names of the 14 victims are called. Due to the pandemic, there will be no gathering on Mount Royal this year. The public is nevertheless invited to observe a minute of silence as the beams are lit.  There will be live streaming of the occasion on Polytechnique's social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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