Students are taking to social media to vent their anger after a video of a Calgary man wearing a hoodie and carrying a Confederate flag on his shoulders was shared online.
“We will not tolerate extreme racism in our city,” said University of Calgary President Richard McNeil in a statement Tuesday.
“Our city has faced and will continue to face racism on a daily basis and will not rest until we have all of the answers for this type of bigotry.”
The man in the video is shown carrying the Confederate flag, which is displayed at the end of a speech by a man with a Confederate battle flag, on a march through downtown Calgary.
“I was proud to see the great strides our students have made in the past few weeks,” said McNeil.
“It is a very positive step in our community to have students come together and support the principles that this city stands for.”
He says the university has been a strong supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and he wants students to see how it has been affecting their lives.
“It is important for students to understand the history and impact of racism and discrimination in the United States,” McNeil said.
“There are still areas where racism remains, but the majority of our students are able to understand and recognize the magnitude of this.”
The Calgary Herald reported that the man is seen with a gun in his hand, and he appears to be holding it up to his head while marching through downtown.
McNeil says the man in his video was carrying the flag because it was in honor of a Confederate soldier who was killed in combat in the U.S. Civil War.
The University of Alberta is on lockdown for a planned rally at 9 p.m.
ET on Tuesday.
The university says the event is being organized by a student group called Black Lives Matters Calgary, which includes students from across the city.