Statement on the events in Quebec City

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dear members of the St. Paul’s community:

Student holding Diversity sign at vigilWe write to you today on behalf of the College to express our solidarity with all Muslim members of the St. Paul’s community. We are horrified by the atrocity that took place over the weekend in Quebec City and saddened by the hatred that engendered it. Those of us who live, work and study at St. Paul’s regard its rich diversity as one of its primary strengths.  We are pleased that our community includes many Muslim members and we want them to know that they have our full support in these difficult days.

St. Paul’s University College was originally known as St. Paul’s United College because it had been founded by the United Church of Canada.  That church had emerged from the union of two Christian sects that realized that the differences between them were trifling compared to the deep beliefs and values they shared. 

St. Paul’s is no longer affiliated with the United Church, but today’s College maintains that instinctive preference for what unites people over what divides them. We are united in our belief that inclusive communities are strong communities. We are united in our rejection of those who promote division on ethnic, religious, or other grounds. We are united in the belief that universities should serve both as models of, and advocates for, humane, generous and respectful conduct. And today, our College is specifically united  -- and resolutely united -- in support of its Muslim members.

Richard Myers, Principal
Brenda Simpson, Chair, Board of Governors

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