The attack at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday was a tragic and shocking event. The University of British Columbia deplores the violence and offers sincere condolences to the victims and their loved ones.
UBC celebrates diversity in all its forms, and is committed to providing an inclusive campus environment for everyone, regardless of religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or racial or ethnic background. These are fundamental Canadian – and human – values and therefore, we stand in solidarity with members of the Muslim community.
Flags will be lowered to half-staff at both campuses in memory of the lives lost.
Any member of the UBC community who requires support in the face of this incident is encouraged to reach out to the following resources:
If you have immediate safety concerns for yourself or others, call 911.
- Information about hate crimes: hatecrimebc.ca
The non-emergency phone number for the RCMP on Campus is 604 224 1322
- Equity & Inclusion Office
If you experience racism, harassment or discrimination, your best resource on campus is the Equity and Inclusion Office, in Brock Hall and can be reached at 604 822 6353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- International Student Advising
International students who would like to speak with an advisor about immigration questions or travel advice or questions about their student visa can contact International Student Development at 604.822.5021 or email@example.com. After hours, you can contact Campus Security and you will be directed to an on-call advisor.
- Counselling Services
Students seeking mental health support can contact Counselling Services. Faculty & staff wishing to talk to a counsellor can call Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765.
- After hours community resources:
Vancouver Crisis Line – 1 800 SUICIDE (784 2433)
Crisis Centre BC – crisiscentre.bc.ca
- Emergency Financial Support
Enrolment Services Professionals (ESPs) are available to support any type of financial distress.
- Campus Security
Provides 24/7 security services, including safety planning, and can be reached at 604 822 2222
- Chaplains at UBC
Chaplains of several different faiths offer support to UBC students, faculty and staff.
Students, faculty and staff wishing to express their solidarity can attend a vigil on Saturday, February 4 at the Al Masjid Al Jamia mosque: http://vancouver.carpediem.cd/events/2439016-vigil-in-solidarity-with-quebec-city-mosque-at-al-masjid-al-jamia-vancouver/
- Students experiencing any form of distress are encouraged to contact the Health and Wellness office for free, confidential counselling support. Call 250-807-9270, visit University Centre UNC 337, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a counsellor or visit the UBC Okanagan Student Health and Wellness Office.
- Faculty and staff seeking counselling are encouraged to contact the UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program’s Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit the UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program.
- Support one another: 4 p.m. gathering UNC334, Monday, Jan. 30
A community gathering was held, Monday, January 30, in the Upper Year Collegium. It was well attended by campus leadership, faculty, staff and students and several students spoke, including the president of the Muslim Student Association. There will likely be more activities planned by the students in the coming days, including a vigil, perhaps in partnership with the Kelowna Muslim community.
Prof. Santa J. Ono
President & Vice-Chancellor