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February 2, 2017

JIBC president’s statement on US executive order

JIBC is greatly concerned by the US government’s executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering that country

The Justice Institute of British Columbia is greatly concerned by the United States government’s executive order of January 27, 2017 banning citizens of seven countries from entering the US for 90 days.

JIBC does not typically comment on decisions made by another country, but we do so today because of the restrictions and barriers this new executive order creates.

This decision has wide-ranging impacts on students, faculty and staff at institutes, colleges and universities across Canada and around the world. It is counter to the Canadian values of openness, diversity and inclusion.

Just as significantly, the decision goes against JIBC’s own vision of safer communities and a more just society.

Diversity and social justice are so valued at JIBC. In fact, these values form part of the education and training we provide to justice and public safety workers, our future community heroes. We will continue to support students, faculty, staff and citizens from all cultural backgrounds and faiths in their pursuit of their dreams and goals as part of the Canadian social fabric.

As Prime Minister Trudeau said in a recent statement, Canadians will welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war, regardless of faith. “Diversity is our strength.”

It is with profound sadness, then, that the news of recent days has also included a tragic shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, an attack that was in itself an assault on our values of acceptance and inclusion.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and families of loved ones killed and wounded. We will also honour them by continuing to champion those positive values which make this country the destination of choice for so many.

 

Dr. Michel Tarko
President and CEO
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Tags: diversity, executive order, mosque, Quebec City, United States, US government

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