Canadian tenured professor fired after saying BLM ‘destroyed’ her university

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A tenured Canadian professor who was fired after criticizing Black Lives Matter (BLM) has a proposed arbitration date set at which she intends to air her grievances against her former university.

“All of my grievances are coming together right now,” Frances Widdowson said in a recent interview with The College Fix. She confirmed to Fox News Digital that the proposed dates are Jan. 16-27, 2023, but they have not been confirmed.

A protester waves a Black Lives Matter flag during the protest.
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A protester waves a Black Lives Matter flag during the protest.
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Widdowson, who taught economics, justice and political studies, was fired from Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary, Alta., last December after stoking controversy for comments criticizing BLM, which, according to her, “destroyed the MRU” to such an extent that she “no longer recognizes the institution.”

Widdowson, who has studied indigenization initiatives for 20 years, has also been criticized for saying Canada’s controversial residential school program offered Indigenous children the opportunity “to get an education they normally wouldn’t have received. “. His comments came amid a national backlash following the discovery of unmarked graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the makeshift memorial erected to honor the remains of 215 Indigenous children found at a British Columbia boarding school, on Parliament Hill on June 1, 2021 in Ottawa.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the makeshift memorial erected to honor the remains of 215 Indigenous children found at a British Columbia boarding school, on Parliament Hill on June 1, 2021 in Ottawa.
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A petition then circulated calling her a “racist professor” and demanding her dismissal, prompting a response from the university.

Widdowson told The College Fix that she wants open arbitration so reporters can attend as she appeals for rehiring and presents documentation she has kept since 2019 regarding issues she has with the Mount Royal University.

Professor Frances Widowsson

Professor Frances Widowsson
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“Without respecting academic freedom, we lack the ability to explore ideas and pursue truth,” Widdowson said.

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The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, which is a free speech advocacy group, supported Widdowson in a letter, and she told The College Fix that some of her former colleagues have privately expressed their support for her.

Mount Royal University did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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