NCCM DEMANDS FURTHER ACTION FROM PDSB OVER ISLAMOPHOBIC INCIDENT 

(Toronto – May 28, 2020) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) demands further action from the Peel District School Board (PDSB) in light of alleged Islamophobic remarks by Principal Julie DeMaeyer of Central Peel Secondary School in Brampton. On May 27, Principal Julie DeMaeyer was temporarily removed from her position as the PDSB investigates an Islamophobic remark she made during a staff meeting. “While we appreciate the PDSB taking the step to temporarily remove Principal DeMaeyer and investigate her remarks, this does not go far enough.The ...

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Op-ed: The call to prayer is a prayer for the future, a call to those in times of despair

Published in the Toronto Star on May 7, 2020. By Mustafa Farooq, NCCM CEO “Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar.” The delivery room at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton is dark, but on May 5, 2015, at 6 a.m., I was jumping up and down as my newborn son came into the world. The Muslim tradition is to whisper the call to prayer — the adhaan — in the ear of the newborn child after birth; but I was so filled with adrenalin in the moment, that I began to loudly chant the call to prayer even as I held him in my arms for the first time. Five years on, almost to the day, ...

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Protecting Our Charitable Institutions

We at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) have seen firsthand how Canadian Muslim charities have risen to the challenge of providing support services to the elderly, the impoverished, the unwell, and to those seeking shelter. We know that at this time our charitable institutions are most at risk. Mosques and aid organizations across Canada that support the most vulnerable are facing challenges on both ends. On one end, they aren’t able to host fundraising events and have had to close their physical spaces. On the other end, the demand on their ...

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COVID-19 Pandemic Response

We’re a Family. It’s Time To Protect Our Families It is no exaggeration to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is the once-in-a generation devastating catastrophe. In a time where we are all at our home with our families, we know that our mandate is to protect our families and our communities ...

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Open Letter to Minister Hussen

To read this letter in PDF form, click here!  March 26, 2020 VIA EMAIL TO: Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Families, Children and Social Development Dear Minister Hussen: It is no exaggeration to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is a devastating catastrophe. It has placed demands on our charitable sector like never before. Charities across Canada have stepped up to take care of some of the most vulnerable communities in our country by providing an array of supports in response to the pandemic. As an advocacy organization serving Canadian Muslim ...

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ACTION ALERT: Tell the Ontario College of Teachers that Mr. Bonello should not be allowed to return to school

ACTION ALERT: TAKE ACTION NOW! The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is greatly disappointed after the Ontario College of Teachers made the decision to only suspend Martin Gaeton Bonello, a construction technology teacher in the Peel District School Board, for a period of six months after making racist remarks towards a student. “The fact that Mr. Bonello was only suspended for six months sends the wrong message”, says NCCM’s Executive Director Mustafa Farooq, “The reality is that Mr. Bonello’s remarks devastated the student. The student ...

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Loi 21 Pétition

English: https://www.nccm.ca/bill21/ DITES NON À LA LOI 21 Le Conseil National des Musulmans Canadiens milite contre la loi 21 et nous avons besoin de votre support. Montrons au gouvernement du Canada que nous ne tolérerons pas cette loi discriminatoire. La loi 21, qui est en vigueur au Québec, interdit à plusieurs employés de l’État de porté des symboles religieux lors de la prestation de leur travail. Les effets de la loi ne sont pas uniquement ressentis par les Musulmans. La loi affecte également ceux et celles qui portent une kippah, un turban, un ...

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Bill 21 Petition

Français: https://cnmc.ca/loi21/ 10,202 have signed. Let’s get to 15,000! SAY NO TO BILL 21 We at the National Council of Canadian Muslims are standing up against Bill 21 and we need your support. Let’s show the Government of Canada that we will not stand for this discriminatory law. Bill 21 is the law in Quebec, Canada that bans individuals wearing religious symbols from working in certain public sector positions. This is a law that doesn’t just affect Muslims. It affects those wearing a kippah, a turban, a crucifix and of course those that wear ...

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Goodbye, Bernier: Canadians have rejected your politics of fear

By Mustafa Farooq The Globe and Mail | October 26, 2019 Mustafa Farooq is a lawyer and the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. At the beginning of the campaign, we at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) saw clearly that Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) planned to use this election cycle to see if Islamophobia and Trump-style politics of fear and division would work in Canada. Thus we were confronted with “platform paradox”: How do you publicly critique someone engaging in racist conduct without ...

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NCCM 2019 Federal Election Policy Guide

The NCCM's 2019 Federal Election Guide is here!  Download your copy today. The rise of hate in Canada means that we need to take action. Our election guide recommends policy actions focusing on issues that represent deeply concerning violations of human rights and threaten the civil liberties and security of all Canadians. We call on all political parties to take action on the issues raised in our 2019 Federal Election Policy Guide.

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