Officials at the University of British Columbia (UBC) say that a pride flag raised on campus last Friday during OUTweek was burned over the Family Day long weekend.
The flag was raised as a part of the UBC Pride Collective’s OUTweek activities—which is an annual celebration of gender and sexual diversity. The flag was discovered missing on Tuesday morning.
Campus Security and the University detachment of the RCMP are currently conducting an investigation.
UBC released a statement saying they condemn this incident as an “act of hate and in contravention of the values of equity, inclusion and respect deeply held by the university community.”
The flag was located at the Flagpole Plaza between the old Student Union Building and Brock Hall.
Most OUTweek activities are still scheduled to continue this week—although officials say they are cautious and want to ensure everyone’s safety after the flag burning incident.
They plan to raise another pride flag later in the year, but right now just want to focus on carrying out the rest of the OUTweek events.
Written by: Meagan Gill
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