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Statement on recent violence in Israel/Gaza

The recent devastating violence and loss of life in Israel and Gaza have shocked the world.

This outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas is extremely difficult for many members of our university community, particularly those students, faculty members and staff who are from any of the countries and states in or near the conflict, or who have family and friends there. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those who are affected at this most difficult time.

We are relieved that the university’s available travel registry information shows no students, staff, or faculty members currently travelling in the Israel/Gaza region.  

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. It is imperative that everyone on our campuses feels safe and treats one another respectfully. Our EDI Policy emphasizes Manācihitowin (respect for one another) and holds all of us responsible for creating a supportive and inclusive environment.  

Know there are supports available to you if you need them. 


  • Student Affairs and Outreach has a team of social workers who can provide immediate support. You can speak with a member of the team by calling 306-966-5757 or emailing and requesting to speak with an outreach co-ordinator. 
  • The Student Wellness Centre is an interdisciplinary healthcare team that includes experienced counsellors, physicians and nurses. Some same-day appointments are available for urgent care. To access support, call 306-966-5768

Faculty and staff 

  • Telus Health App is USask’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, and offers a wide range of services including free and confidential counseling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
  • MindBeacon offers virtual mental health support. 
  • For eligible employees, your benefit plan covers mental health supports including clinical counsellors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers.  

Peter Stoicheff
President and Vice-chancellor
University of Saskatchewan