Totem pole on Royal Roads campus vandalized with ‘disturbing hateful content’: RCMP

Totem pole on Royal Roads campus vandalized with 'disturbing hateful content': RCMP
Mackenzie Read/CHEK News
West Shore RCMP says the totem pole on Royal Roads' campus was vandalized on or around Dec. 26, 2022.

West Shore RCMP say the totem pole and outdoor signs on Royal Roads University’s campus were vandalized with “disturbing hateful content.”

On or around Dec. 26, police were informed that several signs and the totem pole had been graffitied.

“Police learned that several outdoor signs as well as the Totem Pole on campus had been vandalized with graffiti that contained disturbing hateful content,” Cpl. Nancy Saggar, media relations officer with the West Shore RCMP said in a news release. “The hateful content has since been removed.”

Royal Roads tells CHEK News in an email that the graffiti was found over the winter break.

“Over the winter break, someone committed an act of vandalism, writing hateful comments on signs and property around Royal Roads University campus. The comments were quickly removed by our Operations team and the incident was reported to the West Shore RCMP,” the university’s statement said.

“At Royal Roads, we stand against hate, denounce racism in all its ugly forms and have zero tolerance for disturbing incidents such as this.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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A closeup on the base of the totem pole where faint graffiti is mostly washed away. (Mackenzie Read/CHEK News)


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