News Releases & Statements


National Muslim advocacy group denounces Quebec mosque vandalism

French version follows ‎-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – April 9, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today denounced the recent vandalism of a mosque in Montreal, Quebec. According to reports vandal(s) threw an axe through a window the Centre communautaire islamique Assahaba on Bélanger St. with the words t “F--- Liberals and “we will scalp Muslims” written on the axe. An Islamic community centre in Montreal's East-End had an axe thrown through its window with an anti-Muslim ...

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National Muslim advocacy organization calls on new Quebec government to rebuild bridges

English version follows -Pour diffusion immédiate - Un groupe de revendication musulman national demande au nouveau gouvernement du Québec de rétablir des ponts (Ottawa, Canada – 8 avril 2014) À la suite de la récente campagne électorale conflictuelle et forte en discours au Québec, le Conseil national des musulmans canadiens (CNMC) demande au gouvernement nouvellement élu d’assurer un Québec pour tous à ses citoyens actuels et futurs. Il appartient maintenant au gouvernement de rétablir un environnent d’équité et de justice et de réparer ...

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NCCM welcomes PQ candidate’s resignation; calls for party to condemn Islamophobia

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa, Canada - March 13, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes the resignation of Parti Québécois (PQ) candidate Jean Carrière following news that he posted an anti-Muslim photo on social media. The image, posted on Facebook, featured a topless model extending a middle finger, with the inscription "F- Islam". "We welcome the news of Mr. Carrière's resignation. His Facebook posting is deeply offensive to all Canadians and runs contrary to universal ...

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PMO receives libel notice from national Muslim organization

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 28, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, has initiated a Notice of Libel against the Prime Minister's Office for a "false, offensive and defamatory" statement made about NCCM by Jason MacDonald, the PMO's Director of Communications, in an interview with Sun News on January 16th. Both MacDonald and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are named as parties in the legal notice.  The PMO's statement was issued in response to concerns NCCM raised in ...

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NCCM urges Foreign Affairs Minister to seek release of Canadian journalist detained in Egypt

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 15, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) urges Foreign Affairs to aggressively intervene on behalf of a Canadian journalist detained in Egypt for more than 17 days in an open letter released today. Mohamed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian journalist and the Cairo bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English was detained, along with his colleagues, by Egyptian authorities on December 29, 2013. He was arrested on accusations of spreading lies harmful to the state and joining a terrorist organization. Mr. Fahmy has not been ...

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NCCM urges Prime Minister to rescind travel invitation for controversial guest on visit to Israel

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 14, 2014)  A controversial religious leader who spoke in favour of anti-Muslim campaigners should not be personally accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his official visit to Israel, says a prominent national Muslim advocacy organization in an open letter. The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) says it was recently announced that Rabbi Daniel Korobkin would be formally joining the Prime Minister on his flight and visit to Israel, as part of a Canadian Jewish delegation. On September 17, 2013, Mr. ...

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NCCM expresses concern about bomb threat at Vancouver mosque

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - December 31, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today expressed concern regarding the recent bomb threat at a Vancouver area mosque as reported in the media. According to the report the threat came into the mosque from an unknown caller around 6 PM local time yesterday. In a statement released today NCCM stated: "While we are relieved that the bomb threat at the mosque in Vancouver turned out to be a hoax, it is still troubling and something that the community takes very seriously," says Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM ...

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NCCM expresses sadness at Nelson Mandela’s passing

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - December 5, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today expressed condolences to the family, friends and supporters of Nelson Mandela following news of his passing. Mandela, a contemporary human rights icon, is one of the few foreign dignitaries to be granted honourary Canadian citizenship. "Today Canadians and the world join Mr. Mandela's family, and all South Africans, in mourning his loss as a modern-day symbol of human rights, justice and reconciliation," says Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM's Executive Director. "His ...

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NCCM welcomes arrests for Hamilton mosque and temple attacks in 2001

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - November 27, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, today welcomed news that 3 suspects have been arrested in Hamilton in relation to an attack on the Hamilton Mountain Mosque and the Hindu Samaj temple which occurred three days after September 11, 2001. The Hindu temple was destroyed in the arson and police have said that the charges would be prosecuted as a hate crime. "We applaud the Hamilton Police Service for their diligent efforts to apprehend the ...

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NCCM settles defamation claim against Ottawa-based academic

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - November 21, 2013)  The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, today announced that it has settled a defamation claim against Janice Fiamengo, a professor at the University of Ottawa, regarding certain articles written by Ms. Fiamengo about the NCCM. As part of the legal settlement, Ms. Fiamengo has issued a full public retraction and apology to the NCCM which states: "I previously wrote two articles dated September 2nd and September 20th, 2013 respectively ...

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