Message from Selkirk College President Angus Graeme
The events of past two weeks in the US, Canada and across the world have provided horrifying clarity that anti-Black racism and racism against Indigenous people, and people of colour in all its forms continues to exist in our society. At Selkirk College, we condemn racism, violence and oppression, and we stand in solidarity with all victims of present day and historical injustice in the Black community, the Indigenous community and for all persons of colour. Promoting equity with a commitment to diversity and inclusion, reconciliation and the basic values of respect and compassion for humanity must be the foundation of all that we do as an institution with a mission to educate, to empower and to build a hopeful future.
I express immense sadness for the senseless loss of life from the root causes of racism and hate, and I grieve for all those loved ones who now cope with the trauma and immeasurable pain in the aftermath. We honour their memory by listening more closely, reflecting deeply on the past, understanding our biases and privilege, educating ourselves and each other, and affirming a commitment to make the communities in our lives peaceful and just for all. I call on all members of our Selkirk College community to commit to confronting and stopping racism now and into the future: for our students, for each other and for our communities.
For all of us, and for our friends and colleagues, the events of the last couple of weeks and the last couple of months will have been especially difficult and very emotional. I encourage anyone who is suffering to please reach out to confidential counselling.
For employees, support can accessed by using the 24/7 Employee sand Family Assistance Plan at Homewood Health at 1-800-663-1142.
I personally commit to continue to take steps to identify, address and prevent all forms of racism, oppression, and racial inequality at Selkirk College, in the communities and on the traditional territories in which I am so grateful and honoured to live and work. I invite us all to stand together at this tragic time and work harder together to make our world a better place.
Angus Graeme, Selkirk College President
Information on Selkirk College’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation can be found in our Strategic Plan.