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UBC prof resigns from committee as Furlong is reinstated as guest speaker

A UBC professor has resigned from a sexual assault policy committee at the school after former Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong was brought back as a speaker at an upcoming fundraiser.

Daniel Heath Justice, who is indigenous, says in a letter to the university’s president that the move silences and erases allegations that Furlong physically abused First Nations children while teaching in Burns Lake decades ago.

Furlong has vehemently denied the allegations.

UBC cancelled Furlong’s speech last month after a graduate student circulated a letter that was critical of him, but the university’s president Santa Ono reversed that decision.

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