UBC faces human rights complaint over handling of Furlong speech

October 18, 2017

A residential school survivor has registered a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal over how the University of British Columbia handled the invitation for former Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics CEO to deliver a speech on campus. Myrtle Perry argues that UBC discriminated against her and other critics by not responding to her concerns about Furlong in the same way it responded to Furlong supporters. Perry said she and her brother, Richard Perry, are two survivors who tried to meet with UBC President Santa Ono on campus last winter after Ono reinstated Furlong’s fundraising speech, but Ono allegedly did not respond. She said that this silence led them to conclude UBC “provided non-Indigenous people with a service – that of listening, responding and apologizing, but denied the service to First Nations people.” Emails obtained through a freedom of information request have revealed that some UBC alumni threatened to withhold their donations unless Furlong was allowed to speak. APTN News