Brandon University statement in response to Quebec mosque shooting and U.S. executive order on travel

January 30, 2017

Brandon University is offering support to all students, faculty and staff who are concerned or affected in any way by recent events, including the sad and reprehensible shooting at a Quebec City mosque. Additionally, we offer support to any student, faculty or staff concerned by the travel restrictions imposed by U.S. executive order.

We were saddened to learn of the horrific shooting in Quebec City, and offer our sincere condolences to the victims, their families and their friends.

We are extremely troubled by any action that singles out or targets someone on the basis of religion or country of origin.  Any discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability is fundamentally unacceptable. Discrimination violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and provincial and federal human rights legislation.

Brandon University strives to foster a community of teaching and learning, research and creative activities that is free of discrimination and respects and recognizes the benefits we all derive as Canadians and as global citizens from an inclusive, culturally diverse society.

Brandon University is proud to welcome staff, faculty and students from around the world, through immigration, exchange and refugee programs. Diversity strengthens our community and our post-secondary institutions. We are committed to always providing an environment that welcomes all, where everyone can feel safe, supported and respected for who they are as individuals and members of humanity.

Universities are dependent on the free flow of ideas and people, on the communication and cooperation that we share with other institutions globally, and on the ideal of bettering humanity through research and education. We join institutions around the country in affirming both the Universities Canada statement of concern and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences statement of concern regarding the U.S. executive order that affects travel for some people.

We know that disturbing and tragic events can leave emotional impacts that require care and attention.

We remind our entire BU community that we have services here to support you.

Students:

Faculty & Staff:

  • Our Diversity and Human Rights Advisor, Lisa Park, is also available as a resource at extension 785 or ParkL@BrandonU.ca

Anyone with travel considerations is urged to always consult the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories page for up-to-date official information on destinations worldwide.

 

For more information, please contact:

Grant Hamilton
Marketing Communications Officer
204.571.8542
HamiltonG@BrandonU.ca

Rob Henderson
Marketing Communications Officer
204.727.9762
HendersonR@BrandonU.ca