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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 26, 2024

RRC Polytech flags are lowered this weekend in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In 2005, January 27 was designated as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, acknowledging this day in 1945 when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated.

Each year, this day is an opportunity to reflect on the atrocities of the Holocaust and remember its many victims.

On Sunday, January 28, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is hosting an event Do Not Forget Me: Haunting letters from Jewish mothers in Greece to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event is free to attend and has an option to join in-person at the museum or via Zoom. Read more.

The Canadian Centre on Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), has the recorded webinar Antisemitism: How to recognize and prevent it in the workplace (login required) along with resource guides to further your learning. To access all content, RRC Polytech employees can sign up for a free CCDI membership.

RRC Polytech Reflects on Remembrance Day

November 10, 2023

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day, our annual reminder to reflect and honour those who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. All campuses will be closed on Monday, November 13 and all campus flags will be lowered to half-mast in observance of this day.

November 8 marked Indigenous Veteran’s Day, which specifically recognizes the contributions and sacrifices of Indigenous soldiers. If you haven’t already,  please read the recent profile on Jamie Wilson, Vice President, Indigenous Strategy, Research and Business Development at RRC Polytech. Prior to his career in education and post-secondary leadership, Jamie spent nine years serving in both the US and Canadian Armed Forces. Read more about his story here.

Lest we forget.

Statement of condolence on the passing of Dr. John Richard Middleton (Dick) Smith

November 9, 2023

On behalf of the College community, we send our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of Dr. Dick Smith, who passed away peacefully in his home earlier this week on Tuesday, November 7.

At spring convocation 2022, RRC Polytech recognized Dr. Dick Smith with an honorary diploma in Community Development for his enduring commitment to public health, specifically within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Winnipeg.

Dr. Dick Smith was a Manitoba family physician who dedicated most of his 52-year professional career to saving lives and advocating for those impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Manitoba. He was leader in the provision of clinical excellence to people often ostracized for their sexual orientation or lifestyle, and established the Village Clinic, which eventually became the Nine Circles Community Health Centre (Nine Circles).

Dr. Dick Smith’s legacy continues through the lives he has impacted, and the preventative education and care provided at Nine Circles.

Message to the RRC Polytech community on the conflict in the Middle East 

October 11, 2023

As a College community, we express our immense grief and sadness for the evolving conflict in Israel and Gaza and offer our deepest sympathies and support to everyone affected.    

We join the international community in condemning the acts of terrorism against Israel, the targeting of civilians, antisemitism and all forms of hate and discrimination. We support a call for de-escalating the violence and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.  

RRC Polytech is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for everyone on our campuses. As in any conflict, members of our community will hold strong views, and we urge our community to engage in respectful dialogue. We ask everyone to take care of themselves and one another during these trying times.  

We are fortunate to have a diverse community of students and employees, and our thoughts are with each impacted individual.  

We are monitoring the situation as it evolves, and we encourage all affected students and community members to access available supports and services. Our Student Support Services and Employee Family Assistance Program are available free of charge for students, staff, and faculty.

RRC Polytech Safety Health Services Reminder: Smoke-Free Campus Policy

September 8, 2023

RRC Polytech is reminding you that all of our campuses are 100 per cent smoke-free. That means smoking any form of tobacco and/or cannabis, vaping and use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco (commonly known as chewing tobacco) is not permitted anywhere on our campuses across the province.

RRC Polytech adopted this strict policy in 2020 when designated smoking areas at our campuses were permanently closed and signs were posted to clearly identify that smoking and vaping is prohibited.  Staff and students who choose to smoke and vape while at the College must do so off of the property. Smoking in private vehicles but on College property also remains prohibited.

Since we have returned to campus this Fall, adherence to this policy has regressed. We want to ensure that any new students and staff are fully aware of the policy and that we appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation in respecting all on-campus rules and regulations.

As one of Manitoba’s largest institutes of applied learning, and the largest trainer of healthcare professionals in the province, not only is it important to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment for our staff and students, but it is equally important to play a leadership role by setting the example and putting an end to smoking and vaping everywhere on-campus.

Read the policy

If you would like more information about the College’s decision to go smoke-free, please contact Safety Health Services at

Thank you for your cooperation.

RRC Polytech statement on the recent attack at the University of Waterloo

June 30, 2023

Content warning: this message contains information about gender-based violence

At RRC Polytech we are deeply saddened by the news of the recent attack during a gender studies class at the University of Waterloo, which left three people injured and is believed to be hate-motivated.

RRC Polytech does not condone and has a zero-tolerance policy for any expression of hate on our campuses. On our campuses – and across all post-secondary institutions – everyone deserves to feel physically and psychologically safe, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity or gender expression.

Pride month is a time to celebrate the diversity of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and foster respect, understanding and advocacy so that everyone feels and is safe on our campuses and in the community at large. This incident at the University of Waterloo illustrates why it is critical that we continue to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do, providing opportunities for learning and to take action against hate not just in June but every single day.

We stand in solidarity with students and faculty at the University of Waterloo and their families and loved ones, who have been injured and impacted by the incident. Our thoughts are with you during this immeasurably difficult and heart-breaking time – our hopes are that those injured and impacted seek the care and supports they need to recover and return to their studies soon.

If you have been impacted by this news, we encourage you to access the supports available to you through the College and the community:

RRC Polytech statement on tragic accident near Carberry, MB

June 16, 2023

RRC Polytech is devastated by the tragic accident that took place near Carberry yesterday afternoon. Our condolences and thoughts are with the families from Dauphin and the surrounding areas who have suffered unimaginable loss, and with those who are still in hospital receiving care.

We thank all of the first responders who rushed to the scene to provide care, and our health care workers who continue to offer support and care to those in hospital. 

On behalf of the College, we offer our thoughts to the families and the communities whose lives are forever changed and acknowledge that this devasting incident has wide ranging impacts. 

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2022

The following message may trigger powerful emotions, especially for people with lived experiences of victimization and violence. It is recommended that you approach this message when you feel safe to do so, and prioritize your mental health, practicing self-care as needed. RRC Polytech has created a list of supports and resources for your well-being. You can find it online, here.

On December 6th, RRC Polytech recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Today, our flags will be lowered at all of our campuses, and we ask our College community to observe a moment of silence at 11:00am.

Thirty-three years ago today, a man with a gun entered Montreal’s École Polytechnique and killed 14 women, injuring another 14. His actions were not a random act of violence but a premeditated, misogynistic act.

Every December 6th we are reminded that such heinous violence is not a thing of the distant past. The people killed that day could have been our contemporaries, our colleagues. They could have been our mothers, aunts, sisters, friends.

Today, we remember: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewic.

Their lives were taken abruptly by a man who specifically targeted women in STEM. After entering a mechanical engineering class, he separated the nine women from the 50 men and ordered the men to leave. The women were shot, along with others encountered throughout the building.

Not only were these individuals robbed of their lives; their deaths represent a great loss to our society. Any life lost is a tragedy, and it’s particularly heartbreaking to think of what these students may have accomplished had they been able to complete their studies and contribute their talents to the world.

After December 6th, 1989, women, girls and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals everywhere were made painfully aware that their mere existence was a radical act. As one of the victims proclaimed that day, they were not feminists fighting against men or marching to prove that they were better. They were women, studying engineering.

And while many may believe these violent acts are a thing of the past, we are learning more difficult details being shared regarding the recent murders of four Indigenous women in the Winnipeg community. Over the last 30 years, there have been over 1,400 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S), and the loss of these four women is a stark reminder of this ongoing endemic issue. We mourn the loss of: Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran, and a fourth victim advocates have asked we refer to as Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe or Buffalo Woman, until her family is found. We extend our condolences to their families, and we stand with them, and advocate groups, who continue to fight relentlessly for justice and to end violence against Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S) folx.

December 6th reminds us of the critical importance of embedding the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion into everything we do at RRC Polytech. Ensuring our campuses are safe places to learn and work is critical. It’s up to all of us to make sure that people of all gender expressions can come to school or work everyday, knowing their biggest stressor is an upcoming exam or project – not their personal safety. Ending gender-based violence means we must continue to uphold this commitment at home and in our communities.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering and honouring those who have experienced gender-based violence, and those we have lost to it. This day is meant for us to examine the power dynamics between people of all genders. It should be a time for those of us who hold more power to reflect on it – reflect on our privilege and how to use it for good. And then, to act.

The circumstances of this day can make us feel helpless. There are small but significant ways to honour the victims:​​​

  • Wear a white ribbon. You can make one at home or order one online.
  • Observe a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.
  • Attend a vigil in your community.
  • Today and throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (from November 25 to December 10), add your voice to the conversation and share the ways you are being part of the solution to end gender-based violence. Use the hashtag #16Days.​​​​​​​

Today is an important, but difficult day. If you need someone to talk to, all RRC Polytech staff have access to an Employee and Family Assistance Program through Homewood Health.

Let’s take care of each other.

Fred Meier, President & CEO

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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