Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 2 District 2 Algoma


OSSTF District 2 Algoma

 Toll Free: 1-855-265-9980  Office: 705-759-6653 (Sault Ste. Marie main office) Marnie Devoni-St.Germain is our District Executive Assistant. Please call her anytime at the OSSTF office for information.


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DECEMBER 6TH - Remembering Women  14 murdered in 1989 Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal 



Please Share this Memo and Poster with ALL OSSTF Members in your school

On December 6th, we remember: Genevieve Bergeron, Helene Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault , Anne- Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganiere, Maryse Leclair, Anne – Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michele Richard, Annie St- Arneault and Annie Turcotte.

These women were murdered by a lone gunman who entered the Ecole Polytechniqe in Montreal on December 6th, 1989. He singled them out and killed them simply because they were women. This tragedy forces our nation from this brutal act that signified a deeper, more insidious level of misogyny and anti-feminism. The legacy of these fourteen women continues twenty –seven years later as we remember and honour them.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has gathered information regarding 582 cases of missing and murdered Aborginal women and girls in Canada. Of these:

  • 67% are murder cases (death as the results of homicide or negligence)
  • 20% are cases of missing women or girls
  • 4% are cases of suspicious death – deaths regarded as natural or accidental by police, but considered suspicious by family  or community members
  • 9% are cases where the nature of the case is unknown – it is unclear whether the women was murdered, is missing or died in suspicious circumstance.

On December 6th please take some time to honour the memories of the 14 Montreal Women who were murdered while they attended school, 582 missing murdered Aborginal Women in Canada. Think of the thousands of women who have been killed since then and the many   thousands more who have been assaulted or have experience violence in their lives.


You’re ESS Status of Women Representative – Joanne Lepore