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Response to the Scholarly Panel to Examine Lord Dalhousie’s History on Slavery and Race

Posted by Communications Officer on September 6, 2019 in News
Lord Dalhousie Panel on Slavery and Race Sept 2019
Lord Dalhousie Panel on Slavery and Race Sept 2019

Yesterday, the following memo was sent to the Dalhousie community:


Dalhousie University’s response to the report of the Scholarly Panel to Examine Lord Dalhousie’s History on Slavery and Race is now available online. You can find it alongside the full report at the Lord Dalhousie Panel’s website: dal.ca/LordDalPanel.

We are proud that Dalhousie is the first university in Canada to commission an accounting of its early intersections with the legacies of slavery. We commend the Scholarly Panel and its chair, Dr. Afua Cooper, for their detail, their scholarship and their thoughtful reflection.

Together with partners on campus and in our community, we are committed to addressing the legacies detailed in the Panel’s report. As we note in our statement, we cannot change the history detailed by this Scholarly Panel, nor change how it has informed our present, but we do get to decide how it shapes our future. Dalhousie University must be a place where everyone feels valued and respected — a legacy we will build together. 

Sincerely,

Teri Balser
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Dalhousie University

Kevin Hewitt,
Chair, Dalhousie University Senate

Candace Thomas
Chair, Dalhousie University Board of Governors