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OISE Library: Read, learn about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women through these resources

December 5, 2019

By Perry King

Watch: OISE Library's Subhanya Sivajothy describes three key resources for learning and teaching about December 6 and gender-based violence (video by Marianne Lau and Perry King).


On Dec. 6, 1989, at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, the lives of 14 young women were violently cut short by a gunman. This targeted violence led Canadian Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

As the larger community comes together to mark the event’s 30th anniversary, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education wants to help the larger community learn more, and access resources, about the events of the day and gender-based violence.

OISE Library has set up a display with ample resources. Subhanya Sivajothy, a communications, outreach and assessment intern at OISE Library, helped set it up and spoke to us about essential books to look up about December 6.

In the video above, Sivajothy, a master of information student, talks about three books:

  • "I Hate Feminists!" by Mélissa Blais – which was translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott.
  • Remembering December 6th: An aid for teachers and other school staff for commemorating the fourteen women who died at École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, and all women who are victims of violence by Betsy McKelvey – and produced by the Montreal Focus Group in conjunction with the Equity Studies Centre at the Toronto Board of Education, and
  • Forever Loved: Exposing the hidden crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, which was edited by D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jennifer Brant, an assistant professor in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning at OISE.

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