This event, deemed the Montreal massacre, is now etched in Canadian history.
Shelley Yeo is the assistant executive director at ANOVA and tells 980 CFPL community involvement is key to fighting violence against women.
People look at the memorial plaque in honour of the 13 students and one staff member killed during the Polytechnique Massacre on December 6, 1989. "Yes, there is a lot to be proud of, of things we are doing, but there's still so much work to do".
For the past two years, women have made up 40 per cent of first-year engineers at U of T - the highest proportion in Canada. It is evident in statistics such as the recently released figure from Statistics Canada which found that in 2016, women accounted for more than 150 of the 611 police-reported homicides.
"Unions have a significant role to play in ensuring women's safety at home and in the workplace", says Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer, "and in advocating for support for women facing violence every day". The results provided important data on the realities of women experiencing violence.
Ceremonies take place throughout the day to remember those slain. It not only led to stricter gun control laws in the country, but it sparked national discussion on how to address gender-based violence. The day was created in direct response to the shooting.
Victims of violence are also gathering at Barrie city hall on Wednesday night for a ceremony and to remember the Dec.6, 1989 massacre.
We are living in an exceptional time right now.
But both students say they have female friends and classmates who were discouraged by their families from studying engineering or male-dominated engineering disciplines. Acts of gender-based violence concern us all and must be challenged, especially by those who think they have the privilege to ignore them.
Today, we mark our country's enduring connection to 14 women who were silenced while pursuing their dreams. "We want to start that conversation, we want to start changing that culture and we want more men involved in that conversation and to take an active role", said Clinton.