Cape Breton University Statement in response to US executive order and Quebec City Shooting

To the CBU community.

Events over the past few days have been especially troubling and fly in the face of everything for which universities and free societies stand.

At Cape Breton University we stand proud as a welcoming home for students from all over the world. We accept, value and treasure diversity and all cultures. For this reason we are very concerned about the recent US executive order that will prevent individuals from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US for a 90 day period.

This act goes against what CBU stands for and may personally affect members of our own community. We are committed to supporting our students, staff and faculty, and fully support the principles of equity for all members of our community regardless of citizenship, gender, sexuality, religion and/or ethnicity.

Additionally, we are saddened by, and condemn, the events that took place in Quebec City last evening. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. Now, more than ever, communities must unite and celebrate what makes them different and unique.

If you are feeling anxious and would like someone to talk to please consider making an appointment with one of our on-site counsellors or with one of our International Student Advisors.

We will continue to monitor the situation, just as we will remain proud and committed to our multicultural community.

Dale Keefe
Interim President
Cape Breton University

(see below for statement from Universities Canada)
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Statement in response to U.S. executive order
Universities Canada
January 29, 2017

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities are deeply concerned about a new executive order issued in the United States Friday preventing individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. This action affects students, faculty and staff at Universities Canada’s 97 member universities.

The executive order restricting travel into the U.S. affects research partnerships, international studies, academic conference participation, field visits and in some cases family relationships of our university students, faculty and staff. The new order is having an impact on Canadian campuses and communities that is real, immediate and profound.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities says the “ability of faculty to continue teaching or conducting research is uncertain” because of the order. Universities Canada supports the call from the American Association of Universities for this ban to “end as quickly as possible”.

Canada’s universities continue to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world, including those seeking refuge from violence and hardship. They strengthen Canada’s university communities, bringing new knowledge, talent and skills to higher education, research and innovation – to the benefit of all Canadians.

We support Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent statement that Canada will continue to welcome those “fleeing persecution, terror and war” regardless of faith and affirming that “diversity is our strength”.

Universities Canada does not typically comment on executive action being taken by another country, but we do so today because of the real impediment this new executive order poses to the free flow of people and ideas and to the values of diversity, inclusion and openness that are hallmarks of a strong and healthy society.