News Releases & Statements


(EN/FR) NCCM welcomes Heritage Committee’s recommendations on Islamophobia and systemic discrimination / Le CNMC se réjouit des recommandations du Comité du patrimoine concernant l’islamophobie et la discrimination systémique

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – February 1, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, welcomes the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, as contained within its report on Taking Action Against Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination including Islamophobia released today. “We welcome several of the recommendations made by the Heritage Committee report including Recommendation 30, which calls for the government to designate January 29 ...

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Remembering January 29: Solidarity events with Quebec mosque massacre victims held across Canada

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 29, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), along with community partners and Canadians from coast to coast, today honours the memory of the six Muslim men brutally murdered in the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017. On this day last year, six Muslim men were killed and nineteen others injured, some gravely, at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec when a gunman entered the mosque and opened fire on worshippers during evening prayers. The names of the six victims ...

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NCCM ‘relieved’ but ‘unsettled’ by false hate crime report

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – January 15, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is relieved but unsettled to learn that an 11-year old Muslim girl’s claim of being attacked by a man who tried to cut her hijab late last week has been found to have not happened after an investigation by the Toronto police service. The girl had earlier stated she was attacked twice by a man with scissors while walking to school with her younger brother on Friday, January 12, 2018. The story made headline ...

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NCCM denounces ‘craven attack’ on Toronto Muslim girl

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 13, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, categorically condemns the recent attack on an 11-year old Muslim girl in Toronto who was attacked in broad daylight by a man who attempted to cut off her hijab as she walked to school with her 10-year old brother. See: CBC - 'I felt really scared:' Toronto girl says man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school "We denounce this appalling attack and we are relieved that the girl and no other child ...

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NCCM: ‘Open Letter’ to Prime Minister calls for January 29 to be National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia / CNMC : Lettre ouverte au premier ministre pour qu’il décrète le 29 janvier comme Journée nationale de commémoration et d’action contre l’islamophobie

Le texte français suivra - For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – January 5, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, sent an open letter today to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the government to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. Supported by a wide spectrum of Canadian Muslim organizations as well as community partners, the open letter comes in the lead up to the first anniversary of the devastating terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel ...

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(Eng/Fre): NCCM deplores false media story targeting Quebec mosque / Le CNMC condamne la diffamation dans les médias à l’égard d’une mosquée du Québec

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release - Says TVA Network owes Quebec mosque and local Muslim community an ‘unequivocal apology’ (Montreal – December 15, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, deplores the broadcasting of a media story by French-language network TVA that falsely claimed that a Quebec mosque sought to exclude women from working at a contractor site near the mosque. Earlier this week, a report by TVA Nouvelles wrongly asserted that the Ahl-Ill Bait mosque in ...

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NCCM welcomes Statistics Canada’s early release of hate crime data

Expresses ongoing concern about rising level of hate crimes (Ottawa - November 28, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes Statistics Canada's earlier publication of key findings and overall trends from 2016 police-reported hate crimes. This represents a change from the normal two-year time lag between when data is collected and when it was traditionally released. "The NCCM has long called for the earlier compilation and public release of data on police-reported hate crimes. We are ...

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NCCM and CCLA launch legal challenge against Quebec’s Bill 62

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- Constitutional lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court seeks stay order against bill's Section 10 (Montreal - November 7, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, today filed a lawsuit in Quebec Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Bill 62. On October 18, 2017, the Quebec National Assembly enacted Bill 62, An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality, and, in ...

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NCCM: Government must take “concrete steps” to address human rights concerns inside CSIS

-For Immediate Release- Independent report confirms problematic behaviour within Service (Ottawa – November 6, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, says a recent report about discriminatory behaviour inside the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) underscores why the government must take concrete steps to restore public trust in Canada’s national intelligence service. Earlier this year several CSIS employees, including three Muslim employees, launched a lawsuit alleging discrim...

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NCCM deeply disappointed by vote in Quebec National Assembly / Le CNMC est profondément déçu du vote à l’Assemblée nationale du Québec

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- Bill 62 infringes religious freedom of Quebecers (Ottawa - October 18, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is deeply concerned by the Quebec National Assembly's passage today of legislation that discriminates against some Muslim women in the province. The legislation, known as Bill 62, effectively bans public servants and those who receive public services from wearing a face covering, including Muslim women who wear the niqab (face veil). ...

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