October 27, 2022

Statement in Response to Antisemitism On and Off Campus

This last week’s active display of antisemitism towards the Jewish community, both from public figures south of the border and closer to home in the Kingston and Queen’s community, is a reminder of the role we all must play in creating a safe and inclusive campus for all students. We at the SGPS join Queen’s University in condemning these violent and discriminatory actions and will work hard to ensure that Queen’s remains a safe and welcoming place to live and learn for all our members. The SGPS staff will also reflect on the role that we as a student union can play in supporting the Jewish community at this difficult time and work towards actions like these not happening on campus again. There is no place for hate and violence at Queen’s, and we all have a role to play in ensuring that. If you witness any act of violence or hate, report it. If you have experienced violence, hate, or harassment, resources are available to you on campus, and we encourage you to use them. Should you need help getting to resources, please reach out, and we can help you navigate this process. Together we can ensure Queen’s is a safe space for all students. Resources SGPS Equity Commissioner: equity@sgps.ca Human Rights & Equity Office, B506 Mackintosh-Corry Hall Student Wellness Services, Mitchell Hall, 69 Union St. Queen’s University International Centre, Mitchell Hall, 69 Union St., Room 208 (2nd floor) Office of Faith and Spiritual Life, chaplain@queensu.ca Queen’s campus security: 613-533-6111 for on campus emergency response Queen’s campus security: 613-533-6080 For non-emergencies (Safe Walk, Lone Worker, etc) Walkhome: 613-533-9255
September 30, 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day to reflect and educate oneself on Canada’s colonial history and its ongoing implication for Indigenous communities. We at the SGPS are using this day to continue to reflect on the colonial history of Queen’s and the work left to be done for Queen’s and the SGPS to align with all of the recommendations presented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We encourage all of our members to use this time to do the same. Things to do: Read and sign the Queen’s Indigenous Initiative Commitment to Reconciliation. Events to attend: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Sacred Fire for Indigenous Students at Four Directions 1:00 pm Flag Raising Ceremony for Survivors’ Flag – Richardson Hall Crowd to follow to Agnes Benedickson Field for sacred fire upon finish of flag raising. 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Sacred Fire, Agnes Benedickson Field – livestream available 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Sacred Fire, City Park, Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest Learn more at https://www.queensu.ca/indigenous/truth-and-reconciliation/national-day-truth-and-reconciliation-0