Respecting All

Posted: February 13, 2018 4:15 p.m.

The Respectful University Policy promotes a supportive environment for everyone who studies, works, lives at, or visits our institution.
The Respectful University Policy promotes a supportive environment for everyone who studies, works, lives at, or visits our institution. Image provided by External Relations.

A message from University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.

In the wake of the verdict in the Gerald Stanley/Colten Boushie case, there has been a great deal of racist commentary – in social media and other forums, as well as in person – directed at Indigenous people in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. These comments should be upsetting to all of us, but they are particularly disturbing for Indigenous people in communities across our province, including students, faculty and staff at our University.  

The people making such comments are perpetuating a history of racism, discrimination and marginalization that has had a traumatic and longstanding effect on the lives of countless Indigenous people in Canada. This has to stop, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that it will not be tolerated on our campus.  

Our Respectful University Policy may be found here. The University will do everything in its power to uphold and enforce this policy for the benefit of everyone who studies, works, lives at, or visits our institution. Should anyone experience or witness racism, discrimination or harassment of any kind at our University, I encourage you to report it to the Coordinator, Respectful University Services.

At all times, and especially at a time like this, it is incumbent on all of us to treat one another with the respect and dignity that each of us deserves. I am encouraged by the fact that I have seen our students, faculty and staff reach out to each other – and to others in the larger community – with meaningful words of support and compassion.

I often say that universities should not reflect the world in which we live, but should instead reflect the world in which we WANT to live. In everything you do at the University of Regina, and in your life away from this institution, please make every effort to foster a society in which all people feel safe, know that they belong, and can live with dignity and pride alongside their friends, colleagues and neighbours.