List of massacres in Canada
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This is a list of events in Canada for which one of the commonly accepted names includes the word massacres. Massacre is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "the indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people or (less commonly) animals; carnage, butchery, slaughter in numbers". It also states that the term is used "in the names of certain massacres of history". Thomas W. Gallant definition of Massacres; deliberate slaughter of a large number of people in a violent way, especially when they cannot defend themselves. The following is a list of massacres that have occurred in Canada and its predecessors. Some events in which numerous individuals were wounded are also included.
- For single perpetrator events and shooting sprees, see Lists of rampage killers and Category:Spree shootings in Canada
- For school shootings, see Category:School shootings in Canada/Category:School killings in Canada
- For North American First Nations massacres, see List of American First Nations massacres.
- For terrorism, see Terrorism in Canada.
- For serial killers, see List of serial killers in Canada.
|Lachine massacre||August 5, 1689||Lachine, Quebec||72||part of King William's War|
|Port-la-Joye Massacre||July 11, 1746||Port-la-Joye, Île Saint-Jean (Hillsborough River (Prince Edward Island))||34||part of King George's War|
|Grand-Pré Massacre||February 10, 1747||Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia||67||part of King George's War|
|Dartmouth Massacre||May 13, 1751||Dartmouth, Nova Scotia||20||part of Father Le Loutre's War|
|St. Francis Massacre||October 4, 1759||Odanak, Quebec||30-200||part of French and Indian War|
|Bloody Falls Massacre||July 17, 1771||The location now known as Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park near Kugluktuk, Nunavut||20|
|Chilcotin War||April 30, 1864||Bute Inlet, British Columbia||19|
|Cypress Hills massacre||June 1, 1873||Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan||23||Mass murder perpetrated by American bison and wolf hunters, and American and Canadian whisky traders and cargo haulers, against a camp of Assiniboine people. One of the main contributing reasons for the formation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.|
|Black Donnellys massacre||February 4, 1880||Lucan Biddulph, Ontario||5||Murder of five members of the Donnelly family by an armed mob, after which their farm was burned down. The event was the culmination of long-standing conflict between the family and other residents, none of the mob were ever convicted.|
|Frog Lake Massacre||April 2, 1885||Frog Lake, Alberta||9||part of the North-West Rebellion|
|Shell Lake murders||August 15, 1967||Shell Lake, Saskatchewan||9||Mass murder of nine members of the Peterson family on their farm, targeted randomly by Victor Ernest Hoffman.|
|Buffalo Narrows axe slayings||January 30, 1969||Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan||7||Seven members of the Pederson family were murdered with an axe in their beds by Frederick Moses McCallum.|
|Dale Nelson murders||September 4, 1970||Creston, British Columbia||8||participated in cannibalism, necrophilia, and pedophilia|
|William Lepine (also called William McConnell) murders||August 28, 1972||Kettle Valley, British Columbia||6||After absconding from a secure psychiatric hospital, killed 6 people and injured 3 others using a .22-calibre rifle and a .30-calibre rifle. Attacks occurred at four different locations in the Kettle Valley on a single day. Located and apprehended by police the next day. At trial, was found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity on six counts of murder. Psychiatric evidence indicated that he suffered from schizophrenia with nihilistic delusions and believed he was chosen to save the world from a nuclear holocaust by killing the victims.|
|Blue Bird Café Fire||September 1, 1972||Montreal, Quebec||37||Deaths as a result of arson. A fire was started in a stairwell of the building by 3 men.|
|St. Pius X High School shooting||October 27, 1975||Ottawa, Ontario||2||School Shooting, 5 injured, 1 killed prior to school incident|
|Wells Gray Provincial Park Family Murders||August 2, 1982||Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia||6||Three generations of a family were murdered by David Shearing 18 km (11.2 mi) North of Clearwater, British Columbia|
|National Assembly shootings||May 8, 1984||Quebec City, Quebec||3||3 killed and 13 wounded in an attack on the Quebec National Assembly.|
|Lennoxville massacre||March 24, 1985||Lennoxville, Quebec||5||part of the Quebec Biker war|
|Air India Flight 182||June 23, 1985||Toronto, Montreal London UK||268 Canadians||Mass killing|
|Drinking Party Killings||July 29, 1988||Calgary, Alberta||4||Russell Rafuse entered a North West Calgary residence and shot 5 people at a party, killing 4.|
|École Polytechnique massacre||December 6, 1989||Montreal, Quebec||15||Perpetrator killed 14 women and injured 14, before taking his own life. School Shooting.|
|Ontario Glove Factory murders||February 3, 1992||Waterloo, Ontario||3||Patrick Dombroskie shot and killed boss and co-workers.|
|Sydney River McDonald's murders||May 7, 1992||Sydney, Nova Scotia||3||1 disabled|
|Concordia University massacre||August 24, 1992||Montreal, Quebec||4||School Shooting, 4 killed, 1 injured|
|Giant Mine bombing||September 18, 1992||Yellowknife, Northwest Territories||9||48-year-old striking gold miner set explosives inside the mine, which killed nine strikebreaking workers.|
|Mark Chahal massacre||April 6, 1996||Vernon, B.C.||9||Estranged husband murdered wedding party.|
|OC Transpo massacre||April 6, 1999||Ottawa, Ontario||5||A former OC Transpo employee shot six people, killing four, in a shooting spree at OC Transpo's St. Laurent Boulevard garage, before killing himself. An inquest into the shooting revealed that the shooter had been the subject of bullying.|
|W. R. Myers High School||April 28, 1999||Taber, Alberta||1||School Shooting. 1 other injured.|
|Cruse family murders||June 14, 2002||Grimsby, Ontario||5||Ex-boyfriend James Kiss, 30, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, travelled from U.S. with a .45-calibre Glock pistol and killed his ex-girlfriend, her parents, her 6-year-old child, and himself.|
|Penticton Reserve Shooting||October 30, 2004||Penticton Indian Reservation||3||After drinking 35 beers and snorting cocaine, Dustin Paul shot five friends and relatives while they were all partying at a campsite, killing three of them before slitting his own throat. Claiming in court that he heard a voice telling him to do it, Paul lived to be convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 16 years.|
|Mayerthorpe tragedy||March 3, 2005||Mayerthorpe, Alberta||5||James Roszko shot and killed 4 RCMP officers during a property seizure of his farm, he later turned the gun on himself.|
|Aurora Massacre||March 5, 2006||Aurora, Ontario||3||John LaFleche of Aurora, Ontario beat his two children to death in their beds with a baseball bat "to spare them from becoming wards of the Children's Aid Society" after he murdered their mother earlier that day because he had heard her speaking sexually on the phone with another man.|
|Shedden massacre||April 8, 2006||Shedden, Ontario||8||Gang related killing of own gang members.|
|Richardson family murders||April 22, 2006||Medicine Hat, Alberta||3||12-year-old girl and her 23-year-old boyfriend killed girl's parents and 8-year-old brother.|
|Dawson College shooting||September 13, 2006||Montreal, Quebec||2||School Shooting.|
|Surrey Six murders||October 19, 2007||Surrey, British Columbia||6||Members of a drug gang executed a rival dealer and three of his associates, as well as two innocent bystanders. The resulting violence eventually culminated in the 2009 Vancouver gang war.|
|Claresholm highway massacre||December 15, 2011||Claresholm, Alberta||4||21-year-old man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and two young men who were passengers in the same vehicle. The man also shot the female driver, before taking his own life.|
|Eaton Centre Shooting||June 2, 2012||Toronto, Canada||2||Gang member open fires in the mall food court as an act of revenge for a former stabbing, killing 2 and injuring 6 others.|
|Danzig Street shooting||July 16, 2012||Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario||2||Mass gang shooting at a block party that left 2 dead and 23 injured.|
|Les Racines de vie Montessori||April 5, 2013||Gatineau, Quebec||2||School Shooting. Daycare worker killed, shooter committed suicide.|
|2014 Calgary stabbing||April 14, 2014||Calgary, Alberta||5||22-year old Matthew de Grood fatally stabbed five people at a party. He was subsequently found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder on 5 counts of First Degree Murder.|
|2014 Nanaimo Shooting||April 30, 2014||Nanaimo, British Columbia||2||A former employee opened fire with a shotgun at a Western Forest Products mill, killing two employees and wounding two others.|
|Moncton shooting||June 4, 2014||Moncton, New Brunswick||3||24-year-old from Moncton, shot five armed officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), killing three and severely injuring two.|
|2014 Edmonton killings||December 29, 2014||Edmonton, Alberta||8||53-year-old Phu Lam shot and killed 7 in one Edmonton residence, then went to a home in south Edmonton where he killed Cyndi Duong because he found he was raising a child that was not biologically his own. Phu Lam was found the next day after committing suicide in Fort Saskatchewan.|
|La Loche shootings||January 22, 2016||La Loche, Saskatchewan||4||An unidentified 17-year-old student allegedly shot and killed two of his cousins at their home, then went to La Loche Community School and continued firing, killing a teacher and an assistant and wounding several others. School Shooting.|
|Scarborough crossbow attack||August 25, 2016||Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario||3||35-year-old Brett Ryan killed 3 people and wounded 2 others with a crossbow before being apprehended by police.|
|Quebec City mosque shooting||January 29, 2017||Quebec City, Quebec||6|
|Toronto van attack||April 23, 2018||North York, Toronto, Ontario||10|
|Danforth shooting||July 22, 2018||Greektown, Toronto||3 (including the gunman)||The 29-year-old gunman, Faisal Hussain, shot 10 people before fatally shooting himself. An 18-year-old woman was pronounced dead after she was taken to the hospital from gunshot wounds, and a critically injured 10-year-old girl was also pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.|
|Fredericton shooting||August 10, 2018||Fredericton, New Brunswick||4||48-year-old accused, Matthew Vincent Raymond, shot 4 people, 2 civilians Bobbie-Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud, along with officers Robb Costello and Sara Burns.|
|Salmon Arm Church of Christ shooting||April 14, 2019||Salmon Arm, British Columbia||1||1 injured|
|Penticton shootings||April 15, 2019||Penticton, British Columbia||4|
|2019 Northern B.C. Murders||July 14-19, 2019||British Columbia||3||An Australian and an American tourist were found dead. 5 days later, another man was found dead. On July 23, the RCMP initiated a country-wide manhunt for the two outstanding suspects. On August 7, two bodies, believed to be the suspects, were found in dense brush near the Nelson River in Manitoba. Autopsies to identify the bodies and their cause of deaths are scheduled, but have not yet occurred.|
|2019 Markham home massacre||July 28, 2019||Markham, Ontario||4||23-year-old Menhaz Zaman is charged after allegedly killing four family members by cutting their throats in a Markham home.|
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