²ÝÁñ¶ÌÊÓÆµ (VCC) cares about every member of our community and denounces Antisemitism and condemns all forms of violence in no uncertain terms. We disavow hate and discrimination, including but not limited to Antisemitism, and Anti-Muslim and Anti-Arab racism, which have been on the rise at alarming and disturbing rates this past week.
We know that many members of our community are affected by the violence overseas. And the recent threats of violence and rise in racism and intolerance, both online and locally, are eliciting emotions including anger, fear, hurt, grief, anxiety and pain, and causing many to feel unsafe.
For members of our college community who are experiencing distress, I encourage you to reach out to available supports.â€¯Students can access ²ÝÁñ¶ÌÊÓÆµCounselling or Togetherall.comâ€¯and employees can accessâ€¯the Employee and Family Assistance program (login toâ€¯myVCCâ€¯for details).â€¯
Those who need additional or cultural support can find a list of initial resources below.
²ÝÁñ¶ÌÊÓÆµencourages all affected students, staff and faculty who feel unsafe to take whatever actions they need to feel safe and supported. This may mean surrounding oneself with friends and allies. It may mean seeking support through ²ÝÁñ¶ÌÊÓÆµservices or external services that are culturally safe and relevant.
On campus, VCC’s Safety & Security department will continue working collaboratively with external partners as needed, and monitor the situation to ensure the safety of our community.
²ÝÁñ¶ÌÊÓÆµremainsâ€¯dedicated to promoting a culture of peace, tolerance, and understanding in our college and beyond.â€¯Our intention is to hold space for one another’s unique experiences and our shared humanity. We will always stand against hate, racism, and intolerance.
Jewish Family Services (JFS):
â€‹If you, or someone you care about, has been affected by Antisemitism please call the JFS Community Care Hotline at 604-558-5719 and listen for the Israel Conflict Support Line option.
Timely support (for up to 45 minutes) with an English, Russian, or Hebrew-speaking therapist.
Naseeha Mental Health:
A confidential culturally competent helpline for Muslims and other diverse populations to receive immediate, and confidential support.
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM):
To report incidents of Anti-Muslim racism, harassment, discrimination or hate, you can submit an to the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). Your privacy and confidentiality will be respected and information will not be shared with others without your consent.