The following is a message from the Dean of the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) Adam Dodek:
On behalf of the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Colten Boushie, to his fellow Red Pheasant First Nation community members, and to the broader Indigenous community, including our Indigenous students here at the University of Ottawa. We extend our support to you in this time of grief.
We recognize that the legal institutions of this country have not only failed to deliver justice to Indigenous peoples of this country but have in fact continued to perpetuate and perpetrate many injustices. We acknowledge that racism still very much exists in our justice system. As jurists, professors, and law students, it is incumbent upon us to speak out against injustice, especially within our justice system.
The pursuit of reconciliation is not easy. It requires a commitment to change and to action. It is a responsibility that all of us within the Common Law community share.
We support our Indigenous students within the Common Law community and we support the broader Indigenous community as it supports us.