Statement from the Directors of the School of Psychology Concerning Systemic Racism

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2020

Statement from the Directors of the School of Psychology Concerning Systemic Racism

Black and Indigenous individuals, and other people of colour, have suffered and continue to suffer from racism and violence in all its forms. The impact of systemic racism is insidious and affects not only the physical and mental well-being of individuals who experience racism but also their families and communities. As a community that promotes mental health and social justice, the School of Psychology is committed to being an ally by continuing to work in partnership with others to take actionable steps to address the mental and public health consequences of racism and violence.

The School of Psychology stands in solidarity with Black communities here at home and abroad. We must individually and collectively be part of the solution to end anti-Black racism and racism against Indigenous people and people of colour. We need to listen with compassionate hearts and minds to the suffering of our fellow citizens; we need to speak up against injustices; and we need to take action to eliminate systemic racism in order to build an inclusive and equitable society for all its members.

The School of Psychology supports the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. As psychologists, we also abide by the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists and its principles of respect for the dignity of individuals and civic duty.

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