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Keyin College in Marystown remembers 14 women killed at École Polytechnique

Students and staff of the hairstyling program at Keyin College were joined by Rose McPhee, a client of the program, to perform the song “The Plain Song” by The Twin Flames as part of the memorial. Pictured, from left, are Rose McPhee, Goldie Baird, Chelsea Harris and Joan Goldney.
Students and staff of the hairstyling program at Keyin College were joined by Rose McPhee, a client of the program, to perform the song “The Plain Song” by The Twin Flames as part of the memorial. Pictured, from left, are Rose McPhee, Goldie Baird, Chelsea Pierce and Joan Goldney. - Colin Farrell

MARYSTOWN, N.L.

It was 29 years ago that a 25-year-old man, who claimed to be fighting feminism, armed with a rifle and a hunting knife, walked into École Polytechnique in Montreal and opened fire.

He killed 14 women and injured 16 others in what is considered the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. 

Students and staff from Keyin College along with community partners held the Montreal Massacre Walk at Janes Pond in Marystown on Thursday, Dec.6.
Students and staff from Keyin College along with community partners held the Montreal Massacre Walk at Janes Pond in Marystown on Thursday, Dec.6.

The names of these women were read aloud in Marystown on Thursday, Dec. 6 as students and staff of Keyin College gathered at Jane’s Pond Walking Trail for the schools Montreal Massacre Walk.

Now in its seventh year, the annual walk not only pays tribute to the lives lost on that day in Montreal, but organizers also hope it will raise awareness of the issue of gender-based violence.

Krista Foote, executive director of the Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence, told those in attendance that even though there has not been an event of this magnitude in Canada since, it doesn’t mean that the issue of violence is not still a concern.

“It (violence) is in our country, in our province,” she said.

With the chill in the air intensifying, Keyin College principal Loretta Lewis said in the past she has been asked why they hold the walk every year regardless of the weather.

“They didn’t have a choice,” she said of the 14 murdered women. “They went to school that day not knowing.”

colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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