UNBC board chair dismissed by BC over “racist and discriminatory comments”

June 2, 2021
The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that board chair Aaron Ekman has been dismissed. Prince George Citizen says that UNBC did not give a reason for relieving Ekman of his duties, and CBC reports that Ekman has stated on Twitter that he does not know why he was removed from his role. The Government of British Columbia reportedly stated that Ekman was removed because of “racist and discriminatory comments.” “UNBC is firmly committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion,” reads a statement from UNBC. “The University community has come together frequently over the past year to confront and discuss issues of race, discrimination and systemic inequalities; comments that hinder those important conversations are contrary to the University’s values.” UNBC | CBC | Prince George Citizen (BC)