Message from the Dean on Ukraine conflict

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to offer support to those affected by the war in Ukraine. I also would like to present opportunities to contribute to the humanitarian effort required to help mitigate the impact of this unprovoked attack on the Ukrainian people.

First, I would like to join the university and President Hall in condemning the invasion of Ukraine and the horrendous assault on a European democracy by an unhinged and authoritarian regime. The war in Ukraine is on the mind of most of us everyday and we are horrified by the attacks and threats to residences, hospitals, schools and universities.  

Armed conflicts like these can be traumatic for everyone, particularly for those from the area but also to survivors of armed conflict in other parts of the world. If you require support, please draw on the UVic and community resources available to you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally, if you believe that our Faculty can provide direct support.

I hope that you show compassion to those who are affected by the war. If you like to learn more about the conflict and what you can do to help, please consider watching a recording of the Teach-In event hosted by the UVic Germanic & Slavic Studies Department.

Also, please, consider supporting the efforts of organizations working to help Ukrainians during this crisis:

The Canadian Red Cross is raising funds for humanitarian needs like relief efforts, long-term recovery, and support for displaced populations with the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal—the federal government has already matched $10 million raised by Canadians. Donate now.

UNICEF is sending urgent humanitarian aid to children and families in Ukraine with the Ukraine Emergency Fund. Donate now.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation have established a Humanitarian Relief Committee in preparation of a humanitarian crisis ensuing from further Russian invasion of Ukraine. Get involved with one or more of their humanitarian projects.

All the best,

Peter Loock
UVic Dean of Science