News Releases & Statements


NCCM welcomes court ruling on niqab & citizenship oaths

(Ottawa - February 9, 2015) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes the decision of the Federal Court of Canada to strike down a government policy that new citizens must remove their religious face covering or niqab when taking the oath of citizenship. Although the Federal Court did not rule on the constitutionality of the policy, the court made it clear that the rule preventing women taking the citizenship oath while wearing the niqab is "unlawful". "We applaud the Federal Court's decision. ...

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Canadian Muslims ‘deeply troubled’ by Prime Minister’s comments implicating mosques in terror promotion

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - February 2, 2015) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Muslim Lawyers' Association (CMLA) say they are very troubled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's remarks on January 30th implicating Canadian mosques as places where terrorism is advocated and promoted. The two prominent Canadian Muslim groups noted that during his announcement of Bill C-51, titled the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the Prime Minister said: "It doesn't matter what the age of a person is, or whether they're in ...

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NCCM at Supreme Court on major human rights case

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 23, 2015) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, is appearing today before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) as an intervener in a major human rights case that explores issues of discrimination against a Canadian Muslim of Pakistani origin at Bombardier's pilot training facility in Montreal. The case, Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, et al. v. Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), et al., involves ...

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NCCM calls for government clarity on Syrian refugee resettlement

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - December 12, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, is calling on the federal government to clarify its position on the resettlement of Syrian refugees to Canada in light of media reports suggesting that discriminatory selection criteria are being proposed. A CBC media report suggests the federal government has proposed resettling only Syrian refugees who are from among the country's religious minorities. "We are deeply troubled by this report and we ...

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Canadian Muslims denounce ISIS threats against Canada

-For Immediate Release- Condemn video message as "abhorrent and un-Islamic" (Ottawa - December 8, 2014) Following the release of a video message attributed to ISIS, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, reiterates that Canadian Muslims categorically condemn the terror group's calls for violence against Canada and other nations. "Canadian Muslims continue to unequivocally denounce and reject these abhorrent and un-Islamic threats by ISIS against our nation and fellow citizens. We condemn the ...

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NCCM calls on authorities to pursue charges in bomb threat at Quebec mosque

Version française suivra -For Immediate Release- Calls on leaders to condemn latest anti-Muslim incident (Ottawa – November 26, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today calls on police authorities to fully investigate an alleged bomb threat made against a Quebec mosque, and further calls on political leaders to publicly condemn anti-Muslim harassment. According to a media report, police received a call that a bomb had been placed at a mosque in the Chateauguay neighbourhood, an ...

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NCCM denounces vandalism of Kingston mosque

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - November 22, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today denounces the vandalism of a mosque in Kingston, Ontario. According to community members, early this morning several windows at the mosque were smashed with beer and liquor bottles and a Star of David and Cross were drawn in the snow outside the mosque. "While hurtful and offensive, Canadian Muslims know that these types of acts do not represent the views of the vast majority of Canadians. We call on ...

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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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