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University to launch consultation on Indigenous identity

Process will engage Indigenous community on how to ensure hiring and other internal policies and procedures are more clear, equitable, and reflect key aspects of verification of Indigeneity.

Starting this month, the university will begin consultations with Indigenous members of the Queen’s community to engage in a reflective dialogue on Indigeneity in pursuit of improving internal practices and advancing truth and reconciliation. This comes from the realization earlier this year that the required rigour associated with Indigenous identity has not been adequately factored into hiring and other internal processes at Queen’s in a consistent manner. In order to meet the real and true needs of Indigenous scholars, students, academics, and communities, a complete review of processes is required to determine why this has not been a consistent priority.

“These are not easy discussions to undertake but are important to help foster a healthy community and relationships at Queen’s,” says Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation). “Our primary goal is that this dialogue is led and driven by Indigenous members to ensure that any action we take comes from decisions we make together. I hope all those invited will participate in this opportunity to engage in respectful, open and honest conversations.”

The process will involve broad-ranging meetings with Indigenous members of the Queen’s community as well as other university stakeholders and Indigenous representatives. Queen’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII) is leading the effort, alongside external consultant First Peoples Group, and will be scheduling meetings throughout November and December 2021. An online feedback mechanism is being created to complement the information being collected through the meetings.  

Indigenous students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community collaborators will directly receive invitations to participate in this dialogue through virtual and in-person channels. The dialogue process is reserved for Indigenous participants only. 

“I am pleased that this work is underway and look forward to hearing from the community on how we can move forward respectfully and meaningfully to ensure our internal processes are fair, just and reflect the needs of Indigenous community members at Queen’s,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “As an institution of higher learning that values truth and respect, it is our intention to be transparent and willing to learn during this process.”

In June 2021, Principal Patrick Deane and Chancellor Murray Sinclair issued a joint statement in response to public concerns over how post-secondary institutions—including Queen’s—approach questions of Indigeneity and identity through official policies and procedures. 

Learn more about the consultation process on the Office of Indigenous Initiatives website.

Queen’s remembers student Jack Quipp

The Queen’s community is remembering Jack Donovan Quipp, who passed away on Monday, Oct. 25. Jack was 20 years old, from St. Thomas, ON.

Jack was born in Guelph, and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in St. Thomas. He was in his third year of studies in Mine-Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Jack was a very positive person, appreciative of others, and always helpful. He is described by classmates and his department as really smart, and passionate about mining and engineering. He is being remembered for his smile and his meaningful interactions with classmates and other members of the university community.

Jack will be deeply missed by his parents, Adam and Janina (Wrobel) Quipp, his sister Eadie Quipp grandparents Stan and Ann Wrobel and Ron Quipp and Mary McBain (John), his extended family, and his many friends. 

Visitations were held at Williams Funeral Home, in St. Thomas, on Monday, Nov. 1, with the funeral to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Memorial donations can be made to Canadian Mental Health Association.

Students who need support are encouraged to contact Student Wellness ServicesFaith and Spiritual Life, or supportservices@queensu.ca. 24/7 supports include Good2Talk (call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868) and EmpowerMe (call 1-833-628-5589).

Faculty and staff can receive support through the Employee and Family Assistance Plan.

Queen’s United Way campaign at 80 per cent of goal

The Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $425,000 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Thanks to the continued support of staff, faculty and retiree donations the campaign currently total $340,861 or 80 per cent of the final goal.

Last year, the United Way assisted nearly 80,000 members of the community through 70 agencies and 220 programs.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. 

To join the campaign and donate, visit the Queen’s United Way site and follow the instructions. Previous donors who have accepted automatic renewal can also use this link to increase their annual pledge.

Nominations open for Ban Righ Centre/Foundation Inspiring Women Awards

Each year, the Ban Righ Foundation celebrates women who inspire and support each other with the two Inspiring Women Awards. The Mentorship Award recognizes a current or retired Queen’s faculty member who identifies as a woman, and who demonstrates mentorship and knowledge sharing. The Leadership Award recognizes a Kingston community member who identifies as a woman, and who has been an inspiration in the community. 

Nominations are now open for both awards until November 19. Learn more and find out how to nominate someone on the Ban Righ Centre website.

For the Record - Oct. 27, 2021

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

Selection Committee appointed for Director, Dan School of Drama & Music

David Walker’s term as Director of the Dan School of Drama & Music is scheduled to end on June 30, 2022. Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green has appointed a Selection Committee to advise him on the appointment of the next director. The Selection Committee has the following membership: 

Elected Members

  • Kelsey Jacobson, Assistant Professor, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Stephanie Lind, Associate Professor, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Sidneyeve Matrix, Associate Professor, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Colleen Renihan, Assistant Professor, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Grahame Renyk, Lecturer, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Gary Kibbins, Cognate Faculty, Associate Professor, Department of Film & Media
  • Julia Stroud, Department Manager, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Mary-Margaret Annab, Graduate Student, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Serena Ferzli, Undergraduate Student, Dan School of Drama & Music
  • Chris DeLuca, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Lynda Jessup (Chair), Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Danielle Gugler (Secretary), Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.6 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, comments are invited on the present state and future prospects of the Dan School of Drama & Music by Nov. 12, 2021. Names of possible candidates for the directorship may also be submitted. Please send all comments, in confidence, to the attention of Danielle Gugler. All letters will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.

At the request of either the Dan School of Drama & Music members or the Committee, a meeting can be arranged between the Dan School of Drama & Music and the Committee to ascertain the department’s views on the qualities of a head. Once a short list has been established, it will be distributed to members of the Dan School of Drama & Music for further input on the merits of the respective candidate(s).

Growing queer community at Queen’s

QUAQE members attend Pride parade
QUAQE members attend the Kingston Pride parade.

The Queen’s University Association for Queer Employees (QUAQE) has been busy creating space at Queen’s for Queer communities.

QUAQE has connected with several Queer student, staff and alumni groups to create a Queer at Queen’s collaborative. Together, they hosted a booth at the Kingston Pride Community Fair in September, and QUAQE members and those in solidarity also marched in the parade. QUAQE has launched a new website, and hope that both the Kingston Pride events, and the website will help Queen’s members, and the broader community, learn about Queer spaces at Queen’s.

With the release of the new Harassment and Discrimination Policy at Queen’s, and the new In-Sight tool launched by the Human Rights & Equity Office, QUAQE is also hosting an open forum event for Queer employees to discuss the changes they would like to see at Queen’s, and challenges they have faced or witnessed. QUAQE launched an online needs assessment survey seeking feedback from Queer and Allied staff on education and outreach needs. Information from this survey will help QUAQE’s Education and Outreach subcommittee understand the needs of the Queer and ally community at Queen’s and provide resources, events, and supports that meet these needs.

QUAQE continues to hold Queer social space through Happy Hours which take place the first Friday of every month. Although these events are being held online during the pandemic, QUAQE is looking forward to hosting its first in-person Happy Hour in November.

If you’d like to get involved, or join our mailing list fur updates and event, or have any questions, please email quaqe@queensu.ca

About QUAQE:

QUAQE (Queen’s University Association for Queer Employees) is an Employee Resource Group (ERG) that supports Queer employees at Queen’s. QUAQE's purpose is to:

  • Supply information and resources for Two-spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (2SLGBTQ+) employees of Queen’s at varying career and queer stages (new employees, newly queer/coming out employees, long-term employees, past employees).
  • Developing a community from which to organize and advocate.
  • Building a robust social and supportive community for Queer Employees at Queen’s which will act as a recruitment and retention strategy.
  • Partnering with other ERGs through mentorship activities for career advancement, networking, and community supports (recognizing our intersectionality as employees).
  • Provide professional development support to 2SLGTBQ+ employees through guest speakers, networking, and skills.

Storm causes water infiltration at Queen’s buildings

On Saturday, Oct. 16, several buildings on Queen’s campus were affected by water infiltration as sudden and rapid rain volumes overwhelmed the municipal and campus storm water drainage systems.

Much of the damage was minor and drying equipment was quickly brought in to remediate the areas. Several spaces are still being assessed and will require flooring, drywall, and baseboard repairs. A number of teaching spaces were more heavily impacted including Humphrey Hall auditorium and those in the lower levels of Robert Sutherland Hall, which currently remains closed. Repairs in these areas may take up to two weeks to complete. Grant Hall is being used as a temporary teaching location while priority is being given to the restoration of damaged teaching spaces.  

The affected areas are being reviewed by the university to determine where additional proactive measures may be implemented to prevent water infiltration in the future.


Thrive 365 kicks off on Nov. 1

​Hosted by Human Resources, Thrive helps highlight the mental health and wellness resources that are available to all community members.

The photo was taken by Sarah Reese, 1st place winner last year in the Thrive Photo Contest.
Thrive 365 kicks off on Nov. 1. This photo was taken by Sarah Reese, winner of last year's Thrive Photo Contest.

For the seventh consecutive year, Queen’s is preparing for Thrive, a week-long series aimed at building positive mental health and wellness through discussion, learning, skill development, and resource sharing. While events officially kick off the week of Nov. 1, Thrive organizers are already planning for more year-round activities to better support wellness across the Queen’s community. 

“We recognize that mental health and wellness are more critical than ever and want to be able to provide additional resources and support,” says Steve Millan, Associate Vice-Principal, Human Resources. “That’s why we are shifting Thrive and taking a year-round, 365 approach, with events continuing beyond the first week of November. We hope that these events will get us all thinking more about what we need to do to thrive throughout the year.”

Thrive 365 will officially kick off on Nov. 1 with several events and learning opportunities planned, including keynote speaker Janice Brant from the Ratinenhayén:thos Kenhte:ke Seed Sanctuary and Learning Centre. Ratinenhayén:thos is a non-profit organization in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory dedicated to growing heirloom and Indigenous seeds, including those specific to the Rotinonshyon:ni, and ensuring the availability of healthy, local seeds for the next seven generations. The keynote will then host a 60-minute webinar on Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the traditional ways of knowing and doing as it relates to seed saving and planting activities, and also how these activities promote and contribute to wellness.

Some additional featured events include:

  • Shoot, Snap, and Thrive - Photo Contest
  • Let’s watch the Stars Together - A Virtual Tour of the Sky hosted by the Queen’s Observatory
  • Deep Looking for Thrive – Enjoy artwork at Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Inside the Castle – A Virtual Tour of the Bader International Study Centre

“The pandemic has transformed our campus community in unprecedented ways, leaving many people feeling disconnected and isolated,” says Sydney Downey, Associate Director, Return to Work and Accommodation Services, Human Resources. “Thrive is meant to connect us together through collective learning and sharing and raise awareness of the wellness supports available.”

For more information, including other events, dates, and registration, visit the Thrive website. Events will continue to be offered virtually for 2021.

Other support resources for the Queen’s community and their family members can be found through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

Information about the Queen’s benefits program can be found on the Human Resources website.

For the Record – Oct. 21, 2021

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

Membership of Headship Review Committee, Department of Emergency Medicine

David Messenger’s first term as Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine will end on June 30, 2022, and Dr. Messenger has indicated that he is willing to be considered for reappointment. In accordance with the Modified Reappointment Process for Heads of Clinical Departments which was approved by Senate on Sept. 28, 1995 and last revised in July 2001, a Joint Committee has been established to provide advice to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) of Queen’s University and the Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre on the reappointment of Dr. Messenger and the present state and future prospects of the Department. The membership of the Committee will include:

  • Karen Graham, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Stephen Archer, Head, Department of Medicine
  • Mike McDonald, Chief Nursing Executive and EVP Patient Care and Community Partners, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Janice O’Leary, FRCPC Resident, Queen’s University
  • (1), CCFP-EM Resident, Queen’s University
  • Jane Philpott (co-chair) Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (co-chair) Chief of Staff & Executive Vice President Medical and Academic Affairs, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Connie Wighton, Secretary, Faculty of Health Sciences

At this time, faculty, staff, students, residents, and all other members of the hospital and university communities, are invited to submit their comments, in writing, on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Emergency Medicine and your degree of support for the reappointment of Dr. Messenger as Head. Written submissions are to be directed to the chair c/o wightonc@queensu.ca.

While submissions will be accepted throughout the reappointment process, it will be advantageous for the committee to have them early on. Responses received will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the review committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Principal Deane again cautions against large unsanctioned gatherings

Students urged to “think again” and be mindful of individual safety in large crowds.

Principal Patrick Deane sent the following letter to all students ahead of more large gatherings anticipated this weekend. A social media campaign targeting students will run across all official university social media channels to re-enforce his message:


Dear Students,

Last weekend, Queen’s and Kingston experienced large unsanctioned gatherings as well as tangential acts of violence, vandalism and theft that put members of the community at risk.  Most regrettably, among the many injuries reported, two people who had been attending the street gatherings in the University District violently lost their lives elsewhere in the city later in the day. The fact that they were not students does not lessen the relevance of that tragedy to all of you.

We are aware of additional large gatherings being planned for this weekend. For your own personal safety and that of others, I urge you to re-think your participation in these activities – especially if drugs or alcohol are involved, as there is a risk of being insufficiently aware of your surroundings and of potential danger posed by others.

Keeping our community and our students safe is a top priority for the university, but we cannot do it alone. We continue to work with all of our community partners to communicate the potential for harm, and also to underline the fact that large unsanctioned gatherings provide openings for opportunistic criminals to commit crimes and acts of violence that could put you, or someone you care about, at risk. 

We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe. I ask you to be aware of your surroundings, to look after one another, and to avoid these dangerous gatherings wherever possible. We understand many students are attracted to large crowds, and that some felt the police presence last weekend was oppressive. Legal gathering limits are however still in force and you should expect there will be consequences for ignoring them. Everyone must adhere to the law. 

The police will have an increased presence again this weekend as they are expecting large crowds and an influx of visitors. Whatever your personal opinion may be on policing, law enforcement officials have a responsibility to keep the community safe, something which is increasingly challenging to do when crowds grow. Incidents within such groups can quickly escalate without a significant police presence to contain them.  

Kingston Police and City Bylaw Enforcement issued a news release on Tuesday, October 19, outlining the charges laid over the weekend. While work has not been completed to ascertain positively how many of the charges laid involved Queen's students, initial reports suggest that your peers accounted for roughly a third. 

These large gatherings are not as benign as you might want to believe. There are in them other dangers to you that far exceed those related to the pandemic. I therefore urge you in the strongest terms to stay safe, look after your friends and your community, and rethink your participation in these groups. There are many other ways to socialize and still be safe.   

Patrick Deane
Principal and Vice-Chancellor


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