URFA stands in solidarity with the Black community and the demands for justice in the United States and in Canada. We recognize the impact that hundreds of years of systemic racism, and violence against black people, indigenous people, and people of colour has had.
We know that racism doesn’t stop at the border. In Saskatchewan, systemic racism towards Indigenous people has caused immense pain and suffering. Too many of our colleagues and students who are black, indigenous, or people of colour face systemic racism and racial discrimination every day. We must continue to call out and challenge the racism that exists in our communities, and do everything that we can to work towards an equitable and just society for all.
There is an emergency rally being held on June 2 (Tuesday) at the legislature. More information can be found here. If you are comfortable to attend while practicing social distancing, we encourage you to do so. We also encourage you to donate to an organization that supports the Black Lives Matter movement if you are able. There are several different organizations listed on the Facebook page for tomorrow’s rally posted above that you can support, including bail funds for those who have been arrested at demonstrations across North America.
Finally, to URFA members who might be experiencing hurt and pain right now, know that we are with you. We support you. Black Lives Matter.
Chair, URFA Equity Committee