National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Every Dec. 6, the country pauses to remember the 14 women who lost their lives in a mass shooting at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. This year’s Day will feature online graphics and a digital moment of silence, when everyone is asked to set aside time for reflection and to avoid online commitments.

Through the Status of Women Review Committee, BU is offering a downloadable Zoom background for people to use. The background lists the names of the 14 women who lost their lives at l’École Polytechnique: 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, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.

Digital moment of silence

As well, the SWRC is asking you to observe a digital moment of silence, where you turn of all screens and committ instead to quiet reflection. That means no emails, no social media, and no video conferencing. A quiet time for you to collect your thoughts.

The digital moment of silence is set for 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, a time chosen to minimize impact on classes. It is suggested that you pause for at least 15 minutes: one minute for each victim of the l’École Polytechnique massacre, plus one minute for wider reflection on a future without gender-based violence.


Brandon University and the wider community provide many resources to support you. These include supports to safeguard your physical safety, to provide you with emergency shelter and care, and to foster your emotional and mental wellness.

Please see our Resources page for more.