White Rose Campaign


December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 female engineering students at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal on December 6, 1989, whose lives were tragically ended in an act of gender-based violence and violence against women.

Now, 29 years later, remembering the events of that day and what caused them is still as important as ever as violence against women remains a pervasive issue in our society with over half  of Canadian women experiencing at least one incidence of physical or sexual violence over the course of their lives.


What is Gender-based Violence and Why is it Important?

Gender-based violence affects everyone, including male-identified individuals. Women, minorities, indigenous people, LGBTQ2SIA+ folks and gender non-conforming people are at much higher risk and are disproportionately impacted by violence. When we acknowledge the intersectionality of oppression, factors such as homelessness, poverty, unemployment, isolation, and mental health only increase the risk.


White Rose at BCIT

We hold the White Rose campaign each year to commemorate the lives of the 14 students at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal on December 6, 1989 and all those whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.  The campaign also reminds us that we all play a role in eliminating violence from our community.

We encourage students, staff, and faculty to take concrete steps against acts of gender-based violence by participating in the following activities on Thursday December 6th:

  • White Ribbon Pledge – Sign the pledge to show your support for those affected by violence by committing to end gender-based violence.
  • Be More Than a Bystander Workshop – Click here to register for a free workshop to learn what you can do to prevent violence against women and help create a safer community.
  • Moment of Silence – Join us at Noon on Dec 6th in the Great Hall (SE2) for an empowering speech from student speaker Ophelia Bar-Lev-Wise. This will be followed by a Moment of Silence and a song from student Mahdis Soltani to honour the women whose lives have been lost and keep their memories alive.
  • Vigil Table – Visit between 11 am – 1 pm in the Great Hall (SE2) to learn about the support available for students impacted by gender-based violence.
  • Learn about the 5 Things We Can All Do to Stop Violence Against Women.