Prince Rupert honours Montreal Massacre victims

A small vigil was held to commemorate the women killed on Dec. 6, 1989

At 11 a.m., a moment of silence was held across Canada in memory of the 14 women who were killed in the Montreal Massacre of Dec. 6, 1989. In Prince Rupert, a small vigil was held outside the Northcoast Community College.

Hans Seidemann, who organized the vigil, has shown his respect for the victims of the mass shooting every year since he started studying engineering at the University of British Columbia.

“It’s a national day for remembrance and action on violence against women,” Seidemann said. “I think we should be working on that all the time. I think days like today are points in time when you can focus on that one [event] entirely and take it as an opportunity to rededicate yourself and to spend some time thinking about what you can do and what there still is to do.”

The vigil in Prince Rupert marked the 28th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. (Keili Bartlett / The Northern View)

The women were engineering students at École Polytechnique. On Dec. 6, 1989 a gunman separated the men from the women in their class and shot 28 people before killing himself. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. In 1991, the day was declared the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women.

At the vigil in Prince Rupert, those attending took turns laying 14 roses to commemorate each woman killed as Seidemann read their names aloud.

Chelsea Stamp-Vincent, who attended the vigil, thanked Seidemann for organizing the event.

“It really shows support to the females in the community when you have a male stepping up to bring awareness to something that the whole point of was a male mad at feminists,” Stamp-Vincent said. “The whole point of feminism is to be equal to both men and women. Having the support of men in this community is an amazing thing.”

READ and WATCH: Remembering the Montreal Massacre



keili.bartlett@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

HAMILTON: Something was wrong — really wrong, but there is hope

Hamilton shares a defining moment in his life for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WATCH: Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Prince Rupert’s students are baking it all the way to the bank

Charles Hays band students serve up goodies to fund summer trip

Two temporary voyages between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan added to AMHS schedule

October and November will see service to Alaska during the last week of each month

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Fewer people prescribed opioids in B.C., but other provinces lack data: doctors

Patients who began taking opioids were prescribed smaller doses for shorter duration

Electric cello, stolen from vehicle in Williams Lake, returned to U.S. owner

Rita Rice of Texas said she and her husband had given up hope of ever seeing it again

Drop, cover and hold on: Thousands of British Columbians to take part in earthquake drill

This year’s drill comes as scientists announce discovery of ‘stormquakes,’ an earthquake and hurricane

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

West Kelowna business facing charges after six bears killed over littering

A West Kelowna business has been charged for leaving garbage around Lake Okanagan Resort

Most Read