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History Through Our Eyes: Dec. 6, 1990, Polytechnique anniversary

On the first anniversary of the Polytechnique shootings, several events were held in memory of the 14 young women killed.

Université de Montréal student Pascale Blais attends a commemoration ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre, in 1990.

Our History Through Our Eyes feature, which proved highly popular with readers in 2019, returns in a new format. On Mondays, we will be running more photos from the Montreal Gazette archives that provide insights into our city’s history .

The first anniversary of the Polytechnique shootings was a time of anger and reflection.

Several events were held in memory of the 14 young women killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique, most of them engineering students targeted by a misogynistic gunman who did not think they belonged there.

Peter Martin’s photo of Université de Montréal student Pascale Blais, taken at a candlelight vigil, appeared on Page 1 of our Dec. 7, 1990 edition.

In both the Dec. 6 and 7 editions, we had copious coverage of the anniversary.

Among the stories published on Dec. 6 was an interview with recent Polytechnique graduate Heidi Rathjen. We reported she was channelling her energy into gun control. “I hope the gun-control campaign is a short-term involvement, but even if it isn’t, I plan to fight until they pass it. … Every year there will be a Dec. 6, and every year we’re going to ask the government: ‘What have you done for the 14 women, and for the thousands of other people who die from gunshot wounds every year?’ ” (More than 30 years later, Rathjen remains active on this issue.)

The following day, we reported on a commemorative conference at which Léa Cousineau, then chairman of Montreal’s executive committee, had called violence against women probably the most dramatic fact of Quebec society.

And we are at the point where we are trying to deal with the feeling of ownership that a patriarchal system confers on men, ” she said. “ Nothing is more complex, nothing will take longer to resolve.

History Through Our Eyes: Photos of People and Events that Shaped 20th Century Montreal, which compiles the original 2019 series in book form, is available online from montrealhistorybooks.com and at local bookstores. A portion of proceeds from books sold at the online address will go to the Gazette Christmas Fund.

  1. Wounded Polytechnique student Nathalie Provost is hustled into Royal Victoria Hospital on a stretcher on Dec. 6, 1989. She had been shot, but survived.

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