Concordia University College of Alberta is among several Alberta post-secondary institutions that are participating in a program to educate staff and students on appropriate responses to 'active shooter' situations.
An active shooter situation refers to an incident in which an individual is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined, populated area.
While Philip Stack, AVP, Risk Management at the University of Alberta said that it is "extremely unlikely" that such an incident would occur, he emphasized that "we need to recognize that unthinkable things like this can happen anywhere."
The Campus Alberta Risk and Assessment Committee has created an instructional video that stresses 3 courses of action: hiding, barricading when necessary, and, as a last resort, using force.
Other participating institutions include Grant MacEwan University, Mount Royal University, NorQuest College, SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Alberta, and the University of Lethbridge.