Message from the President

Dear members of the TRU Community,

As many of you may be aware, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report in Gatineau today. While I have not yet had the opportunity to read the report, we stand in support of our Indigenous communities, faculty, staff and students, knowing there are some among us who have been and still are deeply affected.

At TRU, we have made understanding and learning Indigenous ways a priority. More than 10 percent of our students are Indigenous, and we have faculty and staff who are Indigenous. We have also fostered good relations with local Indigenous communities.

Today’s report, as difficult as it may be, is part of this country’s journey toward Truth and Reconciliation. At TRU, we will review the report and determine what it means for us.

At this time, I ask all of us, in this era of Truth and Reconciliation, to practice listening and respect toward Indigenous people. Now, more than ever, exercise what universities are about. Be open. Seek and share knowledge. Above all, be caring.

Sincerely,

Brett Fairbairn
President & Vice-Chancellor