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December 6, 1989

14 roses

On December 6, 1989, a crazed 25-year-old gunman opened fire and killed 14 people — 13 students and a Polytechnique employee — and wounded several others before taking his own life.

On December 6, 2009, a commemorative event marking the 20th anniversary of the tragedy took place at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal. At this sombre secular ceremony, Polytechnique remembered the 14 victims of the drama and the impact it had on their families and friends. Attending the event were relatives of the victims, professors, personnel, alumni, students and former employees, as well as their families. The ceremony’s theme was Dans nos cœurs demeure le souvenir, dans nos mains fleurit l’avenir (The memory lives in our hearts, the future blooms in our hands).

The anniversary of these tragic events has become Canada’s National Day of Commemoration and Action on Violence against Women.

December 6, 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. On this occasion, Polytechnique Montréal inaugurated the first week of the White rose.

On December 6 every year, 14 white roses are placed near Polytechnique’s plaque commemorating the victims:

Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968)
Mechanical engineering student

Hélène Colgan (born 1966)
Mechanical engineering student

Nathalie Croteau (born 1966)
Mechanical engineering student

Barbara Daigneault (born 1967)
Mechanical engineering student

Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968)
Chemical engineering student

Maud Haviernick (born 1960)
Metallurgical engineering student

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958)
Nursing student (Université de Montréal)

Maryse Laganière (born 1964)
Employee, Finance department

Maryse Leclair (born 1966)
Metallurgical engineering student

Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967)
Mechanical engineering student

Sonia Pelletier (born 1961)
Mechanical engineering student

Michèle Richard (born 1968)
Metallurgical engineering student

Annie St-Arneault (born 1966)
Mechanical engineering student

Annie Turcotte (born 1969)
Metallurgical engineering student

On the 25th anniversary of the tragic events of December 6, 1989, Polytechnique Montréal presented the very first edition of the Week of the White Rose. This annual fundraiser, to benefit Polytechnique Montréal’s science camp, Folie Technique, is aimed at giving girls from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities, through the sale of virtual white roses.