We stand in solidarity and support with members of the Capilano University community who may be grieving or in distress due to recent events in both Canada and the United States. We stand in solidarity and in anger with Black leaders, organizers, and all those protesting as they demand justice and rally for an end to systemic racism. We condemn the relentless violence that Black people face due to systemic oppression, it must stop.
Black Lives Matter.
We will not, after a week of rage, sit down and be quiet. We will not look south of the border and shake our heads, refusing to acknowledge the history of police violence and systemic oppression within our own country. Systemic racism is rooted in colonial systems – the RCMP was created to force Indigenous peoples off their land and police their way of life. Black people and Indigenous people in Canada face disproportionate levels of police violence and incarceration.
This is white supremacy in action and it is not contained within one country’s borders.
As a predominantly white organization, we commit ourselves to doing anti-racism education and work, and providing opportunities to educate all Capilano University students and community members. We commit to looking inward and dismantling unconscious biases within our own organizational structure and procedures. We commit to amplifying Black and melanated voices through our programming and service delivery. We commit to doing the ongoing work necessary to dismantle white supremacy and colonialism in our community, and challenging others to do the same.
Black love, families, art, voices, LGBTQ2S+ rights, and futures matter.
CSU Students of Colour Liaison
Feven Kidane, the CSU’s students of colour liaison, identifies as a Black woman and encourages members of the Black community to reach out at [email protected] if they need support.
Black Youth Helpline
The Black Youth Helpline focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada. They are available by phone, email, or social media.
Capilano University Health & Counselling Services
During Capilano University’s reduction of on-campus services, counselling appointments may be booked via phone (604.984.1744) and email ([email protected]).
Empower Me Mental Health Resources
Empower Me, a mental health and wellness service offered through the CSU’s health and dental plan provider, provides access to professionals with various domains of expertise to support you and respond effectively to diverse needs. Services are available via secure telephone- or video-conferencing. Capilano students can call Empower Me’s 24-hour helpline at 1.833.648.5589.
BC Mental Health Support Line
BC Mental Health Support Line is available at 310.6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number). This number will connect you to your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are trained to help provide emotional support as well as mental health information and resources.
Allyship & Antiracism Resources
How To Be Actively Antiracist
This resources list, adapted from a Google Document curated by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work.
Guide to Allyship
The Guide to Allyship is an evolving open-source guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally.
Anti-Racism Tools for Educators
This resource list was developed for educators interested in teaching the histories and present-day realities of race and racism in Canada. It is curated by the Anti-Racism Resource Centre, based in Peterborough, Ontario.
Local and Canadian
Hogan’s Alley Society
Hogan’s Alley Society is a non-profit organization committed to researching, preserving, and publicizing black history in Vancouver and BC.
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19
This fundraiser provides low-barrier, emergency, micro-grants for black people in BC who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice for Regis Fundraiser
This fundraiser raises money to fight for justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who died while being pursued by police in Toronto.