Dear campus community,
As Nova Scotians buckle down to continue the fight against the spread of COVID-19 here at home, we are especially alarmed and saddened to see the devastating outbreak in India. In an expression of support for Acadia's students and employees from India or Indian descent, who have families and friends impacted by this catastrophe, the Indian National Flag will fly over University Hall for one week until Wednesday, May 12.
The Acadia community is encouraged by the actions taken by the Canadian government to work with partners and international organizations to control the spread of COVID-19 around the world. This includes funding for humanitarian assistance through the Canadian Red Cross to support India's response to the devastating situation unfolding. Canada's contribution will support the procurement of essential supplies and medicines, including oxygen cylinders for clinics and ambulances.
While this pandemic has impacted the whole world, the current situation in India is particularly devastating. This is a time when it is important to show our support and concern for members of our community. Those feeling troubled in these uncertain times might consider reaching out for support through the Acadia Counselling Centre, Chaplain, Employee and Family Assistance Program, or by reviewing resources proved by the government of Nova Scotia.
Please take care of yourselves and one another. Above all else, follow the public health safety guidelines and protocols designed to flatten the spike of cases in Nova Scotia during the third wave here.
Dr. Peter Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor