The past weeks have been hard for so many.
We share the heartbreak and horror of the deadly terrorist attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario. Our hearts go out to our Muslim friends - colleagues, students, and the wider Muslim community.
We also share the profound sense of loss of futures cut short with the remains of the 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Residential School.
We are reminded that we all have a role to play in confronting racism and hate. We must compassionately support one another within and outside our community so that all can live with dignity and hope.
We reiterate President Hamdullahpur's comments in yesterday’s Daily Bulletin (Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | Daily Bulletin | University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca):
"Nobody should fear for their safety based on their religious beliefs, the colour of their skin, or simply who they are. We must do more to stop hate and make Canada a more tolerant, respectful and inclusive place for everyone."
We encourage members of the campus community who are affected by the recent news and feel they need support to contact any of the following resources:
Mental health support line for Muslim youth 1-866-NASEEHA (627-3342)
Empower Me 1-833-628-5589
Homewood Health - 1-800-663-1142
Our UW Equity Office is available for anyone seeking support with Islamophobia: https://uwaterloo.ca/human-rights-equity-inclusion/equity-office/resources-tools-get-support/get-support