Statement Regarding Principles of Justice in Reconciliation

February 20, 2018

On February 13th I expressed my thoughts regarding Colten Boushie in the following tweet. "On behalf of the UNBC community, I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Colten Boushie. As an institution of higher learning, it is imperative that we respond to positions of uncertainty around principles of justice and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples in Canada. We commit to furthering understanding and offering support during this difficult time. Those in our UNBC community who may feel a need for support can reach out to our counselling services or the First Nations Centre. En Cha Huna"

In addition, as a member of Universities Canada, UNBC endorses the message released by this organization.

OTTAWA – Canada’s university presidents wish to extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Colten Boushie, the wider Indigenous community and all Canadians who are hurting at this difficult time. We are fully committed to supporting our Indigenous students, faculty, staff and local communities now and in the weeks and months to come.

As Canadian society grapples with the ongoing reality of racism and the challenges of reconciliation, Canada’s universities reaffirm our commitment to fostering a renewed relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, by examining and changing our own institutional approaches, policies, practices and structures. Universities across Canada made this public commitment in 2015 to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, and recent events have underscored the need for the higher education sector to redouble its efforts.

As public institutions of learning, discovery, and community service that deeply value dialogue, debate, and cross-cultural exchange, Canada’s universities are committed to a leadership role in advancing reconciliation in Canada.