BU offers support and strength after tipi fire

June 12, 2019

Brandon University will come together as a community and continue to advance the causes of diversity, tolerance and reconciliation after an overnight fire that destroyed a ceremonial tipi on campus.

This is a painful and distressing offense to a powerful Indigenous symbol. It does not shake our commitment nor our confidence. It will only strengthen our efforts towards reconciliation.

The tipi had been erected in the courtyard yesterday to celebrate the start of a conference, and additional tipis as well as a pipe ceremony are planned for today. All are going ahead. Brandon University has proudly been home to many tipis in the past without incident and we will continue to be. This fire, while hurtful, only reinforces the ongoing need to celebrate and honour Indigenous culture.

Even isolated incidents like these can cause emotional impacts that require care and attention. We remind our entire BU community that we have services here to support you.

Students:

Faculty & Staff:

Community:

  • We are investigating crisis supports to be on campus as soon as possible.
  • The Brandon Friendship Centre can direct you to appropriate supports at 204-727-1407
  • He Oyate Tawapi, the Brandon University Ceremony Room, is open as a quiet space. He Oyate Tawapi is located in the Health Studies Building.