UC public statement on the recent violence at the University of Waterloo

June 30, 2023
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University of Waterloo campus sign with students walking by.

Canada’s universities condemn the violence that took place at the University of Waterloo earlier this week. Our thoughts are with the survivors and all those impacted by this shocking and hateful act.

Canada’s universities are places for learning, respect, tolerance and understanding; they are committed to providing a safe and respectful environment to live, learn and work. There is no place for violence of any kind. It is deeply concerning that this hate-motivated attack targeted gender expression and gender identity, and those seeking inclusion in our communities.

We are particularly troubled that this comes at the end of Pride Month, where many across our community and across Canada seek connections and understanding. Canada’s universities are committed to supporting and advancing diverse and inclusive spaces for our students, faculty and staff for the benefit of all Canadians. It is critical to stand up against all forms of hatred and intolerance.

We know this week’s violence can be unsettling and, for many, traumatizing. Campuses across Canada have numerous resources available to students, staff and faculty, and we encourage you to access them.

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Media contact:

Lisa Wallace
Assistant Director, Communications
Universities Canada
[email protected]

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