June marks National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time when we thoughtfully celebrate the history, heritage and culture of Indigenous peoples. Our very campus was founded in partnership with the Syilx Okanagan Chiefs in whose territory the campus is situated, beginning a longstanding friendship with the Syilx Okanagan Nation that we continue to honour today.
As Asian Heritage Month draws to a close, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to recognize the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent and to explore the rich diversity of Asian heritage in our country. Many of these cultures are part of our campus community, bringing together unique perspectives and lived experiences that elevate the way we teach, learn and research.
I am deeply distressed by the recent news report detailing an RCMP investigation into alleged voyeurism incidents on UBCO campus. The safety and security of our students is my utmost concern and the RCMP is an essential partner in ensuring that our campus community is protected. I have requested a meeting with RCMP to discuss this.
As we move through Black History Month this February, I would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the importance of Black history in Canada and recognize the many accomplishments and achievements of Black Canadians around the country and within our own campus community.
In light of questions about travel in recent weeks I’d like to disclose that I have been in Edmonton at my primary residence since December 12 and will remain here until at least the end of the month working remotely.
What a year 2020 has been. I am certain you are all looking forward to the break, even more this year than most. While we are not able to gather to mark the holidays this season, there will be much to celebrate together when we are able.