While Winnipeg’s three largest universities canceled classes on Monday to honor the Queen’s passing, Christian institutions are continuing their classes.

Tuesday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that there would be a federal public holiday on September 19 to mark the Queen’s state funeral in the UK.

The University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, and Red River College Polytechnic have said their campuses will be closed to observe a day of mourning.

However, the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg says it will continue with moments of reflection.

“CMU is commemorating the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a short service of readings, silence and prayers at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 19,” said President Dr. Cheryl Pauls. “All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Other forms of reflection will include various classes that day and a forum on campus later.”

Pauls goes on to say in the CMU statement that because the province of Manitoba decided to continue regular classes for K-12 students, it would follow that example.

Another Christian campus, Providence University College and Theological Seminary, holds regular classes.

“Providence recognizes September 19 as a day of mourning in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, and we encourage our community to set aside a meaningful time to remember and reflect on her legacy,” said Provost Nicholas Greco. “Our campus will remain open on Mondays and classes will be in session throughout the day.”

Later this month, students will have a day off.

“Given the Queen’s strong Christian faith, we believe she would endorse observance of the Day for Truth and Reconciliation later in September,” Greco said. “On that day, Providence will not be open and there will be no classes, to allow our community to reflect on reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers.”

The CHVN has contacted Steinbach Bible College for a statement and has yet to receive a response. According to the website, there is also no scheduled day off on September 19.


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