October 21, 2020
The Canadian Federation of Students would like to reaffirm its commitment to racial justice and condemn the anti-Black racism taking place across the country and in Ottawa specifically. Students have been subject to racial violence in classrooms and from the professors and faculty they pay and entrust to teach them. These events only further display that racism, especially anti-Black racism, continue to be ongoing issues. Now more than ever it is important for us to condemn anti-Black racism in all of its forms and in every space and institution it remains embedded and present in.
Black and people of colour across Turtle Island deserve safety and to live free of racial violence. The Federation stands in solidarity with:
- Students at the University of Ottawa, actively fighting against anti-Black racism and hostility towards BIPOC students after a professor used the N-word during an online lecture. A group of faculty members expressed support for the colleague under the guise of academic freedom. The use of racist language both inside the classroom and outside of it is unacceptable. Black students deserve to learn in an environment that is free of racism.
- The family and community of Abdirahman Abdi. On October 20, 2020, Const. Daniel Montison was acquitted of all charges. This decision came after four years of litigation and community-driven protests calling for charges against officers involved in Adbi’s death.
The Federation continues its commitment to end racism, colonialism and violence against Black communities in Canada. These most recent events have caused the loss of life, bodily harm and created irreparable damage to the relationship between communities. We encourage our members to take action against racism in their communities.