14 Not Forgotten remembers the 14 women who lost their lives in the December 6th massacre. On that day, 31 years ago in 1989, an armed man walked into an engineering class at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. After forcing the men to leave, he stated that he was “fighting feminism” and began to shoot the women in the class. By the end of the shooting, he had killed 14 women and injured 10 more. In response to this tragedy, Canada established December 6th to serve as a reminder of the gender-based violence that still persists today. This is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
The UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan held a joint ceremony over Zoom on November 25th, 2020 at 11:00AM PST. The event featured remarks from students, faculty and staff, as well as industry, reflecting on what this event means to them as well as a panel discussion. The speakers and panelists included Emma Dodky, UBC Vancouver EUS President, Sam Wells UBCO EngSoc President, Dr. Mina Hoorfar Director of UBCO’s School of Engineering, Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, the Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and a professor in Civil Engineering, Roger Wilson Director of UBCO’s Health and Wellness, and MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Bowwin Ma.