BCIT was horrified to learn of the terrible tragedy out of London, Ontario this weekend. Four family members tragically lost their lives and one was badly injured when they were struck by a vehicle while out for a walk on June 6.
Police Investigators believe this was an intentional act and that the family was targeted because of their Islamic faith. Acts of hate and discrimination like this only strengthen the respect we have for our community, and for the diversity that we are so proud of in Canada. We stand in solidarity and grieve with the family and friends of these victims, and with our Muslim community members during this very difficult time.
Counselling services for students are available virtually or by phone. The Province of BC’s Here2Talk Program is also available to connect students with mental health supports. As well, BCIT Mental Health at Home offers tips and resources to help with some of the feelings experienced.
– Shereen Tayles, Associate Director, Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion