MRU fires professor who espoused benefits of residential schools and criticized BLM movement

CBC News

Excerpt: A tenured Calgary professor who made headlines in 2020 for criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and espousing the educational benefits of residential schools confirmed Tuesday she has been fired. Frances Widdowson had been an associate professor at Mount Royal University in the department of economics, justice and policy studies since 2008. She gained notoriety in 2020, when she said the Black Lives Matter movement had "destroyed" the university  [and] that residential schools gave Indigenous children an education that "normally they wouldn't have received."

This prompted more than 6,000 people to sign a petition calling for her firing. At the time, MRU president Tim Rahilly said the school was "reviewing the concerns in light of our strong commitment to academic freedom and freedom of expression and our established expectations of the behaviour of all members of the MRU community." On Tuesday, both MRU and Widdowson confirmed to CBC News that she had been fired.