On December 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered because of their gender and their course of studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. United Nurses of Alberta recognizes and mourns the anniversary of this national tragedy.
“Thirty years after this tragic event it is incumbent upon Canadians to ensure something like this never happens again,” UNA President Heather Smith said. “Three decades later, it is critical to ask: what meaningful steps have all levels of government taken to prevent violence in Canada?”
“On the front-lines of health care, Alberta’s nurses see the impact of violence against women, and sometimes experience it in their own workplaces,” Smith said. “This solemn occasion reminds us to renew our commitment to finding practical ways to end violence against women and girls in Canadian homes, communities and workplaces.”
UNA continues to strive to create safer health care workplaces for Alberta’s nurses, their patients and patients’ families through Professional Responsibility Concern, Occupational Health & Safety committees, and advocating for safe staffing levels.
“Alberta’s nurses have a right to a safe working environment and a responsibility to make sure the rules are enforced to create a safe environment for our patients, residents, clients, and coworkers,” Smith said.