- About Joy
- Statement on academic freedom
- Welcome back faculty and staff
- Welcome back students
- Statement on scholar strike
- Reflections on my first 30 days
- Taking care of ourselves, taking care of each other
- Equity, diversity and inclusion commitments
- Statement on SFU's Athletics Team Name Change
- Finding connection in times of adversity
- Wishing you a safe and restful holiday break
- Op-ed: SFU helping drive social, economic innovation in time of crisis
- Welcome new SFU students
- UPDATED Jan. 6: My response to Dec. 11 event in SFU dining hall
- Celebrating Black History Month
- The University’s Role and Contributions to a Just Recovery Over the Next Decade
- Inspired by meetings with SFU Faculty and Staff
- Looking forward to Summer and Fall
- Opinion: This is why SFU is backing the Burnaby Mountain gondola
- External Review of December 11, 2020 Event
- Facing the future with hope
- President's statement on TransMountain Expansion Project and support for a fire hall on Burnaby mountain
- The road ahead
- Stronger Together: SFU, the pandemic and lessons for a better future
- SFU to observe moment of silence at 2:15 PM today
- Taking action: Reconciliation at SFU
- Join SFU President Joy Johnson for a tour of Burnaby campus
- Message from the President: Residential school findings
- Dr. June Francis appointed Special Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism
- My response to the open letter from SFU faculty and staff
- Resources and ways to support scholars in Afghanistan
- BC Vaccine Card
- Masks required on all SFU campuses, vaccine card required for residence, athletics, dining, events and others
- Vaccine declaration and follow-up screening at SFU
- Return to campus planning updates
- Welcome Back
- Work to review contract vs. in-house cleaning and food services
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- SFU and SFSS united in commitment to climate action
- Inclusion benefits us all
- Moving forward with kindness
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30th this year marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. It is a time for reflection and a time to come together in the spirit of reconciliation, and to honour those who have been impacted by Canada’s residential school system.
The findings of the unmarked graves at former residential school sites and the hidden and difficult truths revealed this past year further illuminate the responsibilities post-secondary institutions like SFU have in reconciliation. We must educate and promote awareness, so that this tragic history and ongoing impact is not forgotten.
SFU has obligations to recognize, not just the land on which our campuses reside but also the legacy of colonization. We need to move forward in a positive way to restore relationships with Indigenous communities through meaningful action.
Progress toward reconciliation is happening across our three campuses that reside on the unceded territories of Indigenous peoples, but we know that there is a great deal more to be done.
Reconciliation requires a sustained and ongoing commitment from each of us and a collective and shared responsibility across our university.
I encourage SFU students, faculty and staff to wear an orange shirt during the week of September 27, to pay respect and stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities across Canada.
Please take time to participate in the many initiatives happening across our university, to learn more about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools and to consider what each of us can do, as individuals, to bring action to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people.
The dominant theme through the feedback and discussions of the 2017 SFU-ARC Walk This Path With Us report, is “nothing about us without us”. This directive is in my thoughts as I reflect on the meaning behind the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and I hope you do too, as we continue on this healing journey together.