Aurora College Incorporates Anti-Racism Themes In Programs

The recent not-guilty verdict in the Colten Boushie-Gerald Stanley murder trial, has galvanized the nation- leaving many arguing for better education on race relations in Canada.

Currently, Aurora College offers several courses that incorporate themes of diversity and anti-racism. Even though the courses are not mandatory for students they are included in many of the programs, says President of Aurora College Jane Arychuk.

She says the institution also believes in educating its staff about racism.

We are looking at next fall (to offer a) trauma informed practice workshop for all our staff, as we move forward with them… Understanding the issues that many of our students deal with.

Arychuk says Aurora College also offers counselling through student services, which students can access if they need help coping with the Boushie verdict.

Stanley was found not-guilty last week after he had been charged with murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie.

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Kristen Berkeley
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