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St. Jerome’s University stands by Universities Canada’s statement and offers condolences to the family of Colten Boushie

St. Jerome’s University stands by Universities Canada’s statement and offers condolences to the family of Colten Boushie

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
­President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University, Katherine Bergman would like to offer condolences to the family of Colten Boushie, and stand by Universities Canada’s statement.
We reaffirm our commitment to supporting our Indigenous community.
Message on behalf of Paul Davidson
In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Directors (Mike Mahon) and the Chair of the Education Committee (Peter Stoicheff), Universities Canada released the statement below.
On behalf of member institutions, Universities Canada expresses condolences to the family of Colten Boushie; extends support to Indigenous staff, faculty and students on our campuses; and reaffirms the commitment of Canada’s universities to combat racism and, through the work of our own institutions, help reset relations between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  
An open letter to Universities Canada was issued Sunday, February 11 from Indigenous university faculty and administrators.
Through the work of our Indigenous Advisory Committee, Education Committee, Board, and 96 members, Universities Canada will continue to engage actively and deeply to make progress towards reconciliation.
Canada’s universities reaffirm commitment to supporting Indigenous community
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.