News Releases & Statements


NCCM Contributes to OSCE 2013 Hate Crimes Data, Released Today

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – November 14, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) contributed a detailed report of anti-Muslim incidents and hate crimes in 2013 to the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The data from 45 states was released today. Information from the NCCM document is included in the latest data release on the Hate Crimes Reporting Website, managed by the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Only two Canadian non-government organizations reported figures to the OSCE, of which ...

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NCCM condemns anti-Muslim signs and vandalism at mosques in Quebec

-For Immediate Release- Calls on leaders to speak out against hate (Ottawa – November 10, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today condemns the anti-Muslim messages posted at three mosques in Quebec City and the vandalism of a mosque in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. According to reports, anti-Muslim signs were taped at the doors of three mosques over the weekend and another mosque had a window smashed with a piece of concrete. A group calling itself “Québec Identitaire” took credit ...

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NCCM condemns anti-Muslim vandalism in Ottawa

Calls on political leaders to speak out against hate -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 31, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim advocacy organization, today condemns a recent spate of anti-Muslim hate incidents. The NCCM urges political and community leaders to forcefully condemn all hate-motivated actions, particularly following the attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-Rue-Richelieu. The latest incident took place at the Assunah Muslims Association (AMA) mosque in the nation's capital. Worshippers attending dawn ...

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Canadian Muslims stand united with fellow citizens in condemning Ottawa attacks

La version française suit l'anglais dans ce courriel -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 22, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, stands united with Canadians in categorically condemning today's shooting attacks at Ottawa's War Memorial and on Parliament Hill which left a Canadian soldier dead and several others injured. "All Canadians are horrified and shocked by these repulsive attacks in Ottawa and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families today," says ...

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Canadian Muslims denounce ‘appalling attack’ in Quebec

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 21, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, categorically condemns the recent attack on two Canadian soldiers at a mall parking lot near Montreal which has left one soldier dead and another injured. See: Globe & Mail - Suspect in Quebec attack was on Ottawa's radar, had passport seized "Canadian Muslims denounce this appalling attack and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," says NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee. ...

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NCCM denounces latest anti-Muslim incidents

Calls on leaders to speak out (Ottawa - October 2, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, today condemns a recent spate of anti-Muslim hate incidents and urges political and community leaders to speak out publicly against Islamophobia, particularly at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions. On September 26, shots were fired at the Pickering Islamic Centre in Southern Ontario while worshippers were inside. A few days later, the words "F*** Islam" were spray painted at a train overpass a ...

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Joint statement by ISSA and NCCM on United Against Terrorism handbook

(Ottawa - September 30, 2014) The Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) issue the following joint statement in response to recent remarks by the RCMP with respect to the United Against Terrorism handbook which was released on September 29th at the Winnipeg Central Mosque. "We greatly commend and appreciate the RCMP's contributions to this important tool in the struggle against violent extremism. Since Monday, we have received enthusiastic support for this initiative from Canadians across the country and countless ...

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Major Muslim organizations launch handbook to challenge radicalization

-For Immediate Release- (Winnipeg - September 29, 2014) The Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today announced the public launch of a 38-page handbook for Canadian Muslim communities about radicalization towards violent extremism. The handbook, titled United Against Terrorism: A Collaborative Effort Towards a Secure, Inclusive, and Just Canada, answers questions about radicalization and provides Canadian Muslims with tools to confront misinformation and challenge discrimination. Many of the questions and ...

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NCCM denounces ISIS call to attack Canadians, Westerners

Calls recent audio message “repulsive” (Ottawa – September 22, 2014) Following the release of an audio recording attributed to ISIS, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, again condemns the terror group’s actions and messages as “repulsive” and “un-Islamic”. “The NCCM once again joins Muslims across Canada and around the world in reaffirming its categorical condemnation of violent extremism and terrorism of any kind. Nothing can justify such actions. “We emphasize the ...

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NCCM condemns recent anti-Muslim incidents

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - September 15, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim advocacy organization, today condemns three recent anti-Muslim hate incidents, including an attempt to run down a Calgary Muslim imam with a motor vehicle and two vandalisms of a Fort Saskatchewan Islamic prayer space and a residential building. According to recent reports, Calgary Muslim community leader Imam Syed Soharwardy was struck by a car twice on September 12, 2014 on his way to Friday prayers. The female driver yelled out that he was a ...

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