DM/CDS Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Statement / December 6, 2018

On December 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal based solely on the fact that they were women. The shocking impact of their deaths led Parliament to designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Today is about remembering and honouring those innocent young women whose lives were needlessly taken on that fateful day. But it is also about reflecting on that tragedy, and on the role we can all play in preventing even small acts of misogyny in the workplace. Violence and discrimination disproportionately impact women every day in Canada and throughout the world.

We have to be part of the solution.

We remain committed to building a Defence Team where every member can feel safe and protected at work, and be confident that they will be treated fairly and respectfully. Programs and services are in place to support military and civilian staff across the organization but the road to a respectful workplace where everyone is treated equally begins with each and every one of us.

Here are several ways you can help eliminate gender-based violence:

  • Listen – Be open to learning from the experiences of others.
  • Believe – Support survivors and those affected by violence.
  • Speak out – Add your voice to call out violence.
  • Intervene – Find a safe way to help when you see acts of gender-based violence.
  • Act – Give your time to organizations working to end violence, and be the change you want to see.

For information on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, visit the Status of Women Canada web site.

Together, we can honour the lives lost on December 6 in 1989, and work to prevent this type of violence before it happens.


Jody Thomas                                     General Jonathan Vance
Deputy Minister                                 Chief of the Defence Staff




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