‘Maturity, sensitivity’: Edith Rogers School staff commend students after racist smudging interruption

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The company also issued a public apology and announced they would be making a joint $30,000 donation to Amiskwaciy Academy alongside Epcor and Sureway Construction Group.

“We have asked for meetings with them for further in-person apologies, but also to work with Grand Chief Morin and his team in terms of what we can do as a company with his guidance towards reconciliation,” Mann previously told Postmedia.

Epcor issued its own statement Tuesday thanking the students and staff at Edith Rodgers for bringing the workers’ actions to them.

“Epcor took immediate action to shut down the construction site until an investigation could be completed, and we have been in communication with school officials, witnesses, the contractor for the site, and the subcontractor,” said Epcor’s statement.

Wells said that while he has concerns about the event, he also has hope that the experience will help efforts to raise awareness and confirmation that racism still exists in Edmonton. He said he also hopes the students will be able to grow to be strong allies and feel empowered as a result.

“I look forward to continuing conversations with the involved companies about the information they released.” said Wells.

Stacy Fysh, principal of Edith Rogers, said the school reached out to Epcor immediately after the ceremony to express how “disgusting and unsettling” the experience was for their students and staff. She said Epcor is working with school staff to address their issues and Wilco has taken full responsibility.

“Our school community has shown great solidarity and strength in response to this incident,” said Fysh in the letter. “We have been listening to each other and moving forward together.”

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