UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, is used to remind us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Directly translated as "he/she also lives," and interpreted as "respecting all forms of life," ‘En Cha Hunà' encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.
UNBC's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to ensuring that all those who engage with our university experience a welcoming, safe and inclusive campus community. The principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are our top priority, and over the past year have led to the initiation of a number of activities to support our commitment. We recognize that the work of the entire community is required to make positive transformational change, and that efforts for change must be ongoing. Outlined below are a number of key initiatives which highlight our work to date:
- Formation of the Presidential Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Formation of the Student Round-Table on Confronting Racism at UNBC
- Development of the inaugural UNBC Office of Equity Affairs
- Launching of the Vice Provost Indigenous Initiatives position
Through these initiatives, I can state wholeheartedly that the University of Northern British Columbia is fully engaged in driving change and supporting an inclusive campus community that is committed to equity and diversity. As Interim President, I look forward to continued listening and learning, and contributing to this vitally important work for our University community.
— Dr. Geoffrey Payne, Interim President