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Principal Deane and Provost Green statement on the Zoom hack incident at Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre event

Our university condemns the hateful comments that occurred during a Zoom hacking incident by an unknown individual during an outdoor Sacred Fire ceremony at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre on Friday, June 4. The gathering was in honour of the 215 children found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, a horrific discovery that has deeply impacted everyone in our community. There is no place for harassment and discrimination on our campus.

As part of the Sacred Fire event, members of the Queen’s community were invited to gather safely and bring medicine to put into the fire in the centre’s backyard. The event also featured a livestream so those unable to attend could take part. As soon as it was interrupted, the Zoom link was quickly shut down by Four Directions staff, and we are grateful for their swift action. Queen’s Information Technology Services is investigating the origins of this intrusion. The incident has also been reported to Campus Security and Emergency Services.

Those seeking support may wish to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives or Four Directions. For immediate assistance, the National Indian Residential School Crisis Hotline can be reached at 1-866-925-4419 or students can access Empower Me or after-hours supports through Student Wellness Services. Our Human Rights and Equity Office  can also offer support to staff, students, and faculty members who are seeking assistance in addressing harassment or discrimination matters.

Patrick Deane
Principal and Vice Chancellor

Rahswahérha Mark Green
Provost and Vice Principal (Academic)