Marker of Change, the Women's Monument


Marker of Change, the Women's Monument

Unveiling Ceremony, December 6th, 1997

Location: Thornton Park, Main St. and Terminal Ave. Vancouver, BC
Members: 5
Latest Activity: Mar 19, 2015

Marker of Change, Vancouver, BC

The Women's Monument project reached fruition with the construction of Marker of Change - a 300 foot circle of fourteen Laurentian pink granite benches in Thornton Park.

Marker of Change is the outcome of a seven year project to build a national monument in recognition of the devastating loss of all the women and girls who have been murdered. In a deeply symbolic act, the monument names the fourteen women murdered December 6, 1989, at L'Ecole Polytechnique of the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The monument is dedicated to all women murdered by men with the dedication inscribed in seven different languages.

"In memory and in grief for all women murdered by men.
For women of all countries, all classes, all ages, all colours."

To determine the shape of the monument a national design competition was held, open to women throughout Canada. We believed in the power of art and artists to create something extraordinary that would touch visitors and draw them in to empathize and participate in remembering and honouring the women we have lost to violence. A seven member jury made up of prominent women from across Canada selected Marker of Change.

Each year memorial events are held at the monument site. On a sunny day, numerous visitors rest on the granite benches. Children can be seen playing on the clay tiles circling the benches. The tiles are hand-stamped with the names of all who contributed to building the monument.

In loving memory of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Maria Klucznik, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte and all the women and girls everywhere suffering from violence.

Marker of Change is is situated on the unceded territory of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

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Dedication to all women murdered by men

Started by ROSE Apr 24, 2013.

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Comment by ROSE on March 19, 2015 at 1:47pm

Marker of Change was selected by a national design competition. The women's monument committee created unique, feminist guidelines for the competition. To assist a kindred spirit with the challenging work of writing guidelines from scratch, please find attached the English version of the Women's Monument Design Guidelines. If you use this document, we would love to hear about it through ROSE.


Comment by ROSE on December 5, 2014 at 6:49pm

Comment by ROSE on May 1, 2014 at 7:53am

December 6, 2013

Comment by ROSE on April 26, 2014 at 2:47pm

Rosemary Brown's calls for truth-telling in response to the murder of 14 women in Engineering School:

Rosemary Brown spoke at the unveiling of Marker of Change on December 6, 1997 and we want to share her words with you today. Rosemary was a passionate advocate for women's rights:

"On December 6th, 1989, the promise was made ... no more secrets, no more lies, no more euphemisms.

"From now on the crime of the killing of women would bear its true name, and we would make every effort to ensure neither our generation nor the ones following after would ever forget, or ever allow the crime of the killing of women and girls to slip into the shadows again.

"The fourteen lives lost on that day became our marker for change."

Comment by ROSE on April 24, 2013 at 7:51pm

One of seven languages inscribed on Marker of Change
Unveiling Ceremony,
December 6, 1997
Vancouver, BC

The fourteen women named here were murdered
December 6, 1989, University of Montreal
We their sisters and brothers, remember, and work for a better world.
In memory and in grief for all women murdered by men.
For women of all countries, all classes, all ages, all colours.

This dedication is inscribed on the benches in Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Swahili, French and Chinook Jargon.

Comment by ROSE on April 23, 2013 at 10:04pm

Comment by ROSE on April 23, 2013 at 10:02pm

On December 6, 1989, fourteen women were murdered at the Engineering School of the University of Montreal. December 6th was later declared by parliament to be Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student


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