Message from the Interim President and the Chair of the Board of Governors
The recent resignation of the Dean of our Bora Laskin Faculty of Law has received attention by members of the community and the media.
Although as a University we strive to be as transparent as possible, Lakehead does not comment on human resources matters involving our personnel. This practice is meant to protect the privacy of those involved.
This situation has been difficult for many in our University community. It has been particularly stressful for our Faculty of Law students, faculty and staff who are all working hard to continue to move forward under the circumstances. Our commitment to the three mandates of our Bora Laskin Faculty of Law (Aboriginal Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Small Firm and Sole Practice) is unwavering, and we recognize the dedication of our faculty and staff, as well as our external partners, to the vision of our Faculty of Law.
In recent weeks, questions have been raised about systemic racism at Lakehead University.
As a comprehensive, regional university committed to access and equity for Indigenous students, this is of great concern to us and a clear indication there is more work to be done.
We are in a constant state of self-reflection. Lakehead University is a place for teaching, learning, questioning, and challenging norms. It is not only our students who question and learn — we all question and learn.
We need to address the reality that systemic racism exists throughout society, and that despite our efforts, Lakehead University is not immune.
Our University is committed to understanding and to addressing systemic racism while creating the conditions whereby everyone can flourish. We must engage in safe, open conversations that result in positive change.
We will be reaching out to our Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to help develop an action plan to move forward, together.