Statements

Statement Regarding Racially Motivated Hate Crimes on Pembina Highway

JULY 29, 2021-

Dear Students,

We respond with grief at the events that transpired on the morning of July 21st, 2021, when several local businesses on Pembina Highway were victim to targeted attacks of racism. We recognize that these racially motivated acts undermine hardworking small businesses who are important members of our community.

The Arts Student Body Council condemns all acts of racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Our hearts go out to all individuals who were affected, as well as students, faculty, and staff at the University of Manitoba campus

We will continue to dedicate ourselves towards working in partnership with all students, to build a community that is safe and inclusive.

Sincerely,

Arts Student Body Council

Recent Deaths in the International Student Community

FEBRUARY 19, 2021- Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of Sami Uzzaman, a 4th year international student studying Computer Science in the University of Manitoba. Sami Uzzaman is remembered for being a bright student who was well known for helping his peers and colleagues academically with his previous volunteer experiences as an educator with the International College of Manitoba (ICM) and the University of Manitoba.

Sami was last seen in the Fort Garry area on January 9, and was reported missing on January 20 by the Winnipeg Police Service. Seven days later, his body was found by the Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Search and Rescue volunteers. The police indicate that his death did not involve any type of foul play. 

While Sami was a science student, his passing has immensely impacted the international student community here at the University of Manitoba. International students face a plethora of challenges while finding their own paths in Canada and should be allocated additional support in all areas possible. The advent of the pandemic has only worsened the well-being of international students, and we at the Arts Student Body Council recognize the urgency of providing added resources and support for our students who encounter these barriers. They are our friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, co-workers, and loved ones.

Our hearts and prayers go to three international students who have recently passed away in a fatal car accident in the early hours of February 18. Our deepest condolences to the friends and families of Science student Md Aranoor Azad Chowdhury, Asper School of Business student Risul Badhon, and Agriculture student Al Numan Aditta.  

The Arts Student Body Council will diligently work towards partnering with International student groups on campus as well as providing resources and support to International students in the Arts. We encourage the University of Manitoba administration, the University of Manitoba Students Union, and other Faculty student councils and organizations to follow suit.

Arts Student Body Council

Justice for Eishia Hudson

FEBRUARY 18, 2021- The echoes of the recommendations of the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) of Manitoba that no charges be filed in the murder of 16-year-old Eishia Hudson still ring in the hearts and minds of Eishia’s family, community, and victims of racial injustice and police brutality. This is a reminder of the racist institutions and police brutality disproportionately targeting Indigenous people, and our responsibility as a student council.

The Arts Student Body Council stands in solidarity with the family of Eishia Hudson who was shot and killed by the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS). We firmly believe that the findings of the Independent investigation Unit of Manitoba are racist, a show of force by the colonial institutions, certifying that Indigenous youth and elders are disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice system. 

We stand with the Hudson Family’s call for a public inquiry into Indigenous deaths caused by police brutality which will reveal recurring issues of systemic racism in the province. 

In the meantime, please support the Hudson family’s ongoing call for inquiry by following reputable news sources, consider donating to the family to assist in their fight against injustice, and raising awareness on social media by using the hashtags #JusticeForEishiaHudson and #NotAnotherIndigenousLife. 

Arts Student Body Council