Friday, February 3, 2017
CSEE response to US executive order on immigration
The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) expresses its deep concern over the recent Presidential Executive Order that prevents citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from travelling through or to the United States.
Scientific progress depends on the open exchange of ideas and transfer of knowledge through international research collaboration, field work, conferences, and workshops. The ban imperils these activities for many researchers, including those working in or working with colleagues in Canada, whether they are students, professors, or practicing scientists in industry, government, and non-governmental sectors.
CSEE embraces principles of diversity and tolerance that are vital to the success of Canadian science and society, but intolerance can create real threats. Recent events reconfirm the truth of Nobel Laureate Lester B. Pearson’s words, “Misunderstanding… arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.”
We support calls from organizations, like the Royal Society of Canada and Ecological Society of America, that this travel ban should be ended. CSEE suggests that our members work with their home institutions and in their communities to accommodate those who have been, or will be, displaced by this order.
Jeremy Kerr, President
Isabelle Côté, Vice President
Miriam Richards, Secretary
Yolanda Morbey, Treasurer
Melanie Jean, Graduate Councillor
Alison Derry, Councillor
Julie Lee-Yaw, PDF Councillor
Chris Eckert, Councillor
Jill Johnstone, Councillor
Andrew Simons, Councillor
Mark Vellend, Councillor
Jeannette Whitton, Councillor
Jeffrey Hutchings, Past President
Judy Myers, Past President
Spencer Barrett, Past President
Doug Morris, Past President
About CSEE: The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) is a non-partisan group of practicing ecologists and evolutionary biologists at all career stages throughout Canada.