Message From the Human Rights & Equity Advisor
In response to the global pandemic, human rights advising, early intervention and investigation services can be provided via telephone, in person or other virtual system as appropriate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day!
Orange Shirt Day is a day we bring awareness to the residential schools and the 150 000 Indigenous children in Canada who were forcibly removed from their families and sent away to these residential schools between the 1860s and 1990s. Indigenous communities across Turtle Island continue to experience intergenerational trauma resulting from these experiences at the hands of government and church officials. Children were forced to speak English or French instead of their ancestral languages, became disconnected them from their culture, endured all forms of abuse, all with the goal to assimilate them. The publication of the TRC in 2015 is a step towards reconciliation, bringing awareness to the wrongs done to Indigenous peoples and it has allowed for a better understanding and relationship to move forward and allow Indigenous peoples to heal. We are all TREATY PEOPLE.
To Learn more about Orange Shirt Day, please watch this short YouTube video:
StFX Human Rights & Equity
The Human Rights & Equity Advisor works to ensure StFX is a welcoming and respectful learning, living and work community for everyone; one that respects and encourages equity and inclusion. Services are available to all members of the campus community, including faculty, staff, students and visitors.
StFX prohibits discrimination and harassment on all grounds protected under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act including age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability or mental disability, irrational fear or contracting an illness or disease, ethnic, national or Aboriginal origin, family status, marital status, source of income, political belief, affiliation or activity.
Services provided by the Human Rights Advisor include:
- Information, advice and assistance to all students, faculty and staff regarding discrimination and harassment;
- Informal complaint resolution;
- Formal complaint investigation;
- Education and training for faculty, staff and students on discrimination, harassment, diversity and equality;
- Promotion of a climate on campus that is welcoming of diversity and respectful of differences
Any member of StFX University who believes they are being harassed or discriminated against can contact the Human Rights Advisor to discuss their concerns and review options for resolving the matter.
Request for education or training on issues of discrimination, harassment, diversity and equity are welcome.