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KPU Signs the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education

KPU’s Task Force on Anti-racism is excited to announce that Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is one of 40 institutions that have signed the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education, a national plan of action to fight structural racism. The signing ceremony took place on November 18, 2021. 

The charter flows from a year-long collaborative process started during the first National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities in October 2020, a two-day national forum focused on anti-Black racism and Black inclusion in Canadian higher education. KPU President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Alan Davis signed the charter for KPU.

At KPU, 

  • We are committed to continue to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and address all forms of systemic racism on our campuses and in our communities;
  • We commend the members of the Inter-Institutional Advisory Committee for its dedication and commitment to addressing anti-Black racism and effecting positive change in the higher education sector; and
  • We believe the Scarborough Charter is a useful resource and tool for our university as we work to advance a more diverse and equitable sector.

KPU News Release: KPU signs Scarborough Charter to fight structural racism

University of Toronto Scarborough Charter information site

Criminology Faculty Commit to Reconciliation

Signatories of the letters below respond to the unmarked graves located at residential schools, commit to individual and collective action, and call upon the Members of the Surrey City Council to revisit and reconsider the January 2021 decision to reject a motion to begin meetings with an Indigenous land acknowledgement.

Flags lowered to honour children of Kamloops Indian Residential School tragedy

KPU President Alan Davis released the following statement:

Like you, I have been deeply saddened and appalled by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. We stand together with Indigenous community members at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and beyond as we hear of the awful news out of Kamloops. 
At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, we work, study, and live in a region south of the Fraser River which overlaps with the traditional and ancestral lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples, including the Kwantlen who graciously bestowed their name on this university.
We offer our sympathy and solidarity to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, to all those who survived residential schools and to all the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
Today, we have lowered the flags at all our campuses until further notice in honour of every child found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School. Further, we invite you all to join our colleagues in Teaching and Learning who will be holding a 2 minute 15 second period of silence at 2:15 p.m. today.
On the eve of National Aboriginal History Month, it is important for those of us who are settlers on this land to do more than simply acknowledge the profound loss of life. Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning, has recommended reading the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, if you haven’t already, as well as BCcampus’ Pulling Together Guides for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions for instructorsfront line staff, or administrators
Our Indigenous Advisory Committee is meeting tomorrow and we will keep you appraised of any further initiatives arising out of that discussion.
We recognize that the news coming out of Kamloops will be devastating for many and there are resources and supports available to you, including:

  • Indian Residential School Crisis Line (24/7 telephone support) emotional & crisis supports for former Residential School students 1-866-925-4419
  • KUU-US Crisis Services (24/7 support) 1-800-KUU-US17 (1-800-588-8717) 1-833-MÉTIS-BC (1-833-638-4722) Adult/Elder: 1-250-723-4050
  • Hope for Wellness (24/7 telephone and online) Mental health counselling and crisis intervention for Indigenous peoples 1-855-242-3310 Online chat:
  • Kids Help Phone (24/7 telephone and text support) Professional counselling, information and referrals for youth 1-800-668-6868 or Text “First Nations” “Metis” or “Inuit” to: 686868
  • Fraser Health Crisis Line (24/7 telephone support) Crisis intervention counselling, emotional support and information on local services 1-877-820-7444 or 604-951-8855
  • Foundry Health and wellness supports, services and resources for youth aged 12 to 24 In-person:  

Alan Davis, PhD
President and Vice Chancellor