Updated Statement on Racist Halloween Pumpkin, Unauthorized Posters

The university is aware of several incidents of racism that have occurred on north campus in recent days. On Monday, an inappropriate and…

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The university is aware of several incidents of racism that have occurred on north campus in recent days. On Monday, an inappropriate and racist Halloween pumpkin was placed adjacent to Pembina Hall. Earlier today, we also became aware of several signs that were posted on the front door of Pembina Hall, as well as other locations on north campus. The pumpkin and the signs have been removed, as will any additional unauthorized signs if they are discovered.

Messaging or displays that target or marginalize any individuals or groups will not be tolerated. We are working with University of Alberta Protective Services to find the parties responsible.

The University of Alberta strives to make our campus a space that is safe and inclusive for all people and we take pride in the strength of our diverse community. We proudly acknowledge our presence on Treaty 6 lands and the Métis homeland, as well as the perspectives and contributions of our Indigenous students, faculty and staff.

David Turpin
President and Vice-Chancellor

Please note: This post was updated at 12:50 pm, October 31, 2017.