We stand in solidarity with all Black members of our Common Law community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – and with all members of the Black community in denouncing anti-Black racism. Over the past week, outrage over racial discrimination, racial violence and pervasive systemic racism has boiled over across North America. While the situation is particularly acute in the United States, we recognize that Canada has its own history and ongoing problem of racial discrimination and oppression.
As jurists, professors, and law students, it is incumbent upon us to speak out against injustice, especially within our justice system. We recognize the long history of systemic discrimination, racism and violence within our legal system that continues to this day. We must challenge bias and discrimination in our profession.
We also acknowledge that academia has a long history of systemic discriminatory practices. We are committed to ongoing learning, reflection, and action within our own walls. We acknowledge the burden placed on members of the Black community in developing and delivering anti-racist education, training and programs. We commit to collaborating with the Black community as we strive to be strong and trustworthy allies.
I want to reiterate the statement made by President Jacques Frémont reaffirming “ our commitment to fighting racism on our campus and within our community. Everyone has a right to an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination, and where every person is valued and treated with dignity and respect.”
We are a community committed to social justice and anti-racism and now, more than ever, we must act to defend those values.
Dean Adam Dodek
Faculty of Law
Common Law Section
University of Ottawa