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Posters For A "White Students Union" Showed Up At Toronto Campuses

The group wants to "promote and celebrate Western Civilisation."

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Posters have been spotted on university campuses across Toronto promoting a "White Students Union."

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Photos of the posters published online show an illustration of two white men in front of the CN Tower. There is no information about who is behind the campaign other than a web address for Students for Western Civilisation, a website registered anonymously in 2013.

The posters' appearance coincides with the start of fall classes for most university students in Toronto.

Saw this this morn on Bloor near U of T campus. Torn about what to do about it but in hope better to know than not...

Posters for the "White Students Union" were seen near the campuses of the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University, the three largest post-secondary institutions in the city that together serve more than 150,000 students.

Spokespersons for all three schools told BuzzFeed Canada there are no recognized campus groups by that name.

York spokesperson Joanne Rider said the handful of posters found Monday morning were "removed immediately."

In an official statement, Ryerson said the school does not "condone these posters being placed on our campus."

The Students for Western Civilisation website says the group is "primarily composed of students and alumni of Toronto universities."

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In its mission statement, the group lists three goals:

1. To genuinely explore ethnic and cultural politics in a forum which does not exclude rightist or conservative perspectives.

2. To organize for and advance the interests of Western peoples.

3. To promote and celebrate Western Civilisation.

The group says it opposes "cultural Marxism" on university campuses that it believes demonizes white people and suppresses conservative opinions. The group also describes multiculturalism as "Canada's undemocratically imposed immigration/culture policy which is rapidly reducing white people to minorities and thereby greatly diminishing their democratic influence."

Despite a prominently displayed Mark Twain quote about bravery, the group's members are anonymous and can only be contacted through a Facebook page. BuzzFeed Canada's request for comment from the group went unanswered.

Students for Western Civilisation has been around for about two years.

Michael Burton, the editor of York's student newspaper Excalibur, said the group submitted an article decrying campus culture in 2013 but that the paper chose not to publish it.

"Everyone is entitled to an opinion, although some might not be suited for publication in a newspaper," Burton told BuzzFeed Canada in an email Monday.

The group's only other activity seems to be this week's posters and an interview with controversial academic Ricardo Duchesne posted to YouTube in January.

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Duchesne is a sociology professor at the University of New Brunswick whose comments about race and immigration have led to accusations he is "engaging in racial caricature and perpetuating intolerance."

Duchesne, whose work is critical of multiculturalism, also contributes to a blog that describes itself as "a group of public-minded individuals who believe the European heritage and character of Canada should be maintained and enhanced."

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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