United Nurses of Alberta remembers and mourns the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989, in an act of gender-based violence.
The anniversary of this national tragedy, known as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, represents an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the impact of violence against women in our society.
Communities and individuals must speak out. All levels of government must continue to be reminded of their responsibility to take meaningful steps to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls in Canada.
This is an important message during a global pandemic when many people do not have access to even the limited resources available in normal times to prevent violence and protect potential victims of gendered violence.
Working on the front lines of health care, Alberta’s nurses see the impact of violence against women, and sometimes experience it in their own workplaces and homes.
This solemn occasion reminds us to renew our commitment as union members and citizens to seek practical ways to end violence against women and girls in Canadian homes, communities and workplaces.