Nelson Police Department

Nelson Police Department Victim Services

Dec. 6th – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women



“The National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women” is Dec. 6th.  It commemorates the Montreal Massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique in 1989.  14 Women, all but one of them students anticipating the promise of bright futures had been murdered.  Every December 6th we remember.  Because there is still a need.


We mourn the murders of:  Genevieve Bergeron, 21;Helene Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23; Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie Edward, 21; Maud Havienick, 29; Barabara Maria Klucznik, 31; Maryse Laganiere, 25; Maryse Leclair, 23; Anne-Marie Lemay, 27; Sonia Pelletier, 28; Michele Richard, 21; Annie St.- Arneault, 23; Annie Turcotte, 21.


We have with us this afternoon a group of students from the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences. They are working towards various diplomas within Traditional Chinese Medicine. These young women are of similar age to those that we are commemorating today. Not only are they top students, but they are daughters, grand daughters and sisters and are working extremely hard to go on in life in a better way and to provide services to others to do the same.


To remember, the Violence against Women in Relationships Committee (VAWIR) would like to invite community members to remember the significance of this day by gathering with us on the grounds of Nelson City Hall for a Candlelight Vigil at 4:00p.m. on December 6th.


This event is not only about remembering but is about calling for change by supporting and valuing the lives of the people who are most impacted by violence.  Please join us on Dec. 6th to commemorate these 14 women and to stand in solidarity against gender based violence.



Submitted by

Events Sub-Committee

Nelson VAWIR