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.”

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keili.bartlett@thenorthernview.com

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