Letter: Religious perspectives deserve equal weight

Students attend university to achieve higher learning. In my experience, this learning goes beyond pure academics and extends to lessons about life and people, especially our own selves. Because of how important these things are, I don’t think religion or spirituality should be excluded from the university environment. The words ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’ get thrown around a lot, and just by talking with different people around campus, I’m reminded that they can mean very different things on an individual basis. So with the help of Merriam-Webster I pinpointed what I understand by these terms: ‘Religion’ is “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor [zeal or loyalty] and faith.”  ‘Spirituality’ is the state of being “concerned with religious […]

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Letter: Be more aware of the nuances of racial oppression

Minority groups—who are at a historical disadvantage, who are suffering in some capacity, and many of whom are currently resisting together—are not one and the same through and through.  In this time and climate of revolt against long-standing oppressive values and systems, I find it allows society as a whole to see social revolutions continuing today between two groups: white supremacists and the rest of the world.  So it becomes very easy in these generalizations to overlook details that may not seem too important or worth deep, ongoing consideration. What I want to call attention to is that as minority groups are banding together, it is important not to totally conflate their experiences.  I am not going to write as if […]

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Letter: Indigenous schools need more support

The government is not taking First Nations children or their education seriously. Simply compare the state of elementary and high school education between public school boards and on-reserve schools.  Theoretically, they should receive the same treatment, because here in Canada, we are all equal, of course.  However after doing some research and reading through news articles, it is painfully clear that in reality, there are quite a few disparities that are unfair to Indigenous children, especially those living in remote, northern areas.  Take, for example, the education gap estimated at between $336 million to $665 million in December 2016 by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO).  This enormous gap is the difference in funding by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) […]

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