Ending racism in our communities

Message from Dean Ralf St. Clair


I wish to express my sorrow and concern over the death of 26-year-old Tla-o-qui-aht woman Chantel Moore yesterday in New Brunswick. Ms. Moore was the victim of lethal force by Edmunston police during a wellness check. While the details of the incident are still to be confirmed, I acknowledge the great loss to one of our local communities and close partners.
The recent events in the United States, and the groundswell of anger about relationships between racialized communities and policing, are the context for this tragedy. They remind us that in Canada, and in Victoria, we have much hard and difficult work to do, and much healing needs to happen. The long history of murdered and missing Indigenous women needs to end.

Educators believe in hope and learning from each other how to be better together. I stand with everybody who is working on behalf of a future where relationships can be grounded, as Martin Luther King said, "not in the colour of our skins but in the content of our characters." We must acknowledge and accept our responsibility to contribute to this work. I close with words from Ms. Moore’s community: His-shuk-nish-tsa-waa (we are all one).



Ralf St. Clair
Dean and Professor
Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
Canada and Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ Territories

A statement from the University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels standing against racism and intolerance can be found here: