The Faculty Union of The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (FUNSCAD) loudly condemns the brutal murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police; the suspicious death under investigation of Regis Korchinski-Paquet involving police; the racial vigilante murder of Ahmaud Arbery; and all other such violent acts of anti-Black racism that go unnoticed and unreported.
FUNSCAD strongly supports the Black Lives Matter movement and all grassroot resistance to racist abuses of power. A donation on behalf of FUNSCAD has been made to the Black Lives Matter Global Network to support the movement’s vitally important work, which must be taken up by all of us, to eradicate anti-Black racism.
FUNSCAD loudly condemns the recent police-involved deaths of Chantel Moore, a member of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Rodney Levi, member of the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation, and all other such violent acts of anti-Indigenous racism that go unnoticed and unreported. FUNSCAD has made a donation to the Native Women’s Association of Canada to offer support for their vitally important work, which must be taken up by all of us, supporting Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit.
FUNSCAD’s membership of faculty, librarians and technicians also commits to dismantling the systemic racism that exists in our own institutional practices. On this commitment, now is the time for swift and concrete changes!
To this end, we call for the following immediate actions to be taken at NSCAD:
- Tuition waivers for all Black Canadian and Indigenous students accepted to NSCAD from now until 2025. This action holds NSCAD accountable to the memorandum of understanding signed in 2019 between NS universities and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to “maintain and improve accessibility to under-represented communities”
- Transformation of the Board of Governors to include Black Canadian and Indigenous members by the end of the 2020-21 academic year
- Increased efforts to hire Black Canadian and Indigenous senior administrators
- Increased efforts to hire Black Canadian and Indigenous tenured faculty
- Acceptance of the language that FUNSCAD has proposed regarding qualifications for Indigenous applicants for faculty positions, which would include Indigenous ways of teaching and knowledge-keeping
- The establishment of systems of support for all of our Black Canadian and Indigenous students, including on-campus access to Black Canadian and Indigenous counsellors and mentors
Now is the time for lasting action!
Executive Committee, FUNSCAD