Emily Carr University stands in solidarity with Ukraine and our Ukrainian community

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By Gillian Siddall

Posted on February 24, 2022 | Updated March 04, 2022, 9:38am

If you are affected, there are resources available to support you.

Dear Emily Carr community,

Like so many of you, I was deeply concerned and saddened to learn of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine yesterday. On behalf of Emily Carr University, I echo the calls for peace from leaders in B.C., Canada, and around the world.

I recognize that these events are impacting many of our community members personally. During this difficult time, the priority of ECU is the well-being of our students, staff and faculty. If you are affected, please know that resources are available to support you.

  • For students, trauma-informed counselling services are available to you. These services are free and confidential.
  • For staff and faculty, employee and family assistance (EFAP) services are available by phone (1-844-880-9142, TTY 1-877-338-0275), web ( or mobile app (download My EAP app now at your device app).
  • BC211 is a province-wide, nonprofit counselling service available by phone or text.

For those who would like to channel their concern into action, there is a rally in support of the Ukrainian community taking place on Saturday at 1:00pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Please take care of yourselves and each other. During these difficult times, it’s important to lean on one’s community. If you are struggling, please reach out. We’re here to help.

Gillian Siddall
President + Vice-Chancellor