Remembering December 6, 1989: the Montréal massacre

I am today remembering the 14 women murdered and the 10 women and four men wounded 22 years ago at the École Polytechnique , an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal.

That was the day that I learned – and knew that I truly understood from the cold nauseating terror that shook me from the soles of my feet to the roots of my hair – that I am in harm’s way only because of my gender; that who I am as a human being, makes no-never-mind to the misogynists of the world.

Sometimes lifelong learning teaches us hard lessons. Lessons that are impossible to swallow –  that threaten to swallow us up. We need to make sure kids have the resilience and optimism to absorb and rebound from such lessons. We cannot protect our students from the harsh truths and horrors in the world but perhaps we can prepare them to deal with some of it.

Thanks to Marj Gibney for sharing this picture, taken near Canmore, Alberta.

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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