News Releases & Statements


NCCM comments on new public opinion poll about Islam

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 3, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) says that an opinion survey released today by Angus-Reid examining public sentiment towards Islam indicates more needs to be done to overcome misinformation about a faith  followed by over a million Canadians. The study's results closely mirror those from an earlier 2009 poll with one notable exception showing an 8% increase, from 46% to 54%, in unfavourable opinion about Islam across Canada and outside of Quebec - wherein Islam also remains the only faith viewed ...

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National Muslim human rights organization calls on authorities to condemn attack on Ontario girl

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - September 26, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is calling on public officials to condemn an alleged assault on a Muslim girl by teenagers in St. Catharines, Ont. that happened earlier this month. According to recent media reports, a 17-year-old girl wearing a headscarf was assaulted and verbally taunted by three other female teens as she was leaving a mosque. Two of the young women have reportedly been charged with assault. "Canadians must face the reality that Islamophobia is as serious a threat to the ...

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National Muslim advocacy organization denounces Nairobi attacks

Urges government to ensure safety of Canadians - For Immediate Release - (Ottawa - September 22, 2013) A prominent Canadian Muslim advocacy organization has categorically condemned the recent terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya which claimed the lives of two Canadians and dozens of others. In a statement released today, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said: "Canadian Muslims categorically denounce and repudiate this act of terror against innocent people in Kenya which has also claimed the lives of two fellow Canadians including ...

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National Muslim advocacy group calls Quebec’s proposed charter ‘discriminatory’, urges opposition parties to reject it

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - September 11, 2013) A prominent national Muslim civil liberties organization says details revealed yesterday by the Quebec government only confirm fears that institutionalized discrimination will become the 'new normal' in Quebec. The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has consistently called on the Quebec government to honour both the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, both of which guarantee freedom of religion. "Hearing Minister Bernard Drainville defend ...

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National Muslim advocacy group denounces Quebec mosque vandalism

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - September 4, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today denounced the recent vandalism of a mosque in Saguenay, Quebec which was sprayed with what was claimed to be pig blood over the Labour Day weekend. An Islamophobic letter accompanying the vandalism was reportedly left at the mosque and sent to media outlets. It told Quebec Muslims to "assimilate or go home." See: CBC - Quebec mosque vandalized with possible pig blood "We condemn this cowardly act of hate and intimidation against the Muslim community in ...

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National Muslim advocacy group denounces Quebec’s plan to ban religious clothing from public institutions

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - August 21, 2013) A prominent national Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization today deplored the Quebec government's reported plans to ban religious clothing in the public sector as unconstitutional. The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has consistently called on the Quebec government to honour both the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, both of which guarantee freedom of religion. News agencies reported yesterday that sources confirmed plans to ...

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NCCM condemns anti-Semitic vandalism in Greater Toronto

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - August 13, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today condemned the recent vandalism of a Richmond Hill country club on Saturday. According to a media report, two swastikas were carved into the green of a hole on the club's grounds, which is situated in a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood. "NCCM stands with our fellow Canadians in unequivocally denouncing this act of hate and intimidation," says Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM Executive Director. "We urge local politicians and security officials across the GTA, as well as ...

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National Muslim civil liberties organization concerned by government information-sharing directives

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - August 2, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties organization, today expressed deep concern with reports that Canada's cryptography spy agency has been quietly permitted to share information with foreign security agencies even where there is a risk of torture. Earlier this week, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), confirmed that it is following a directive issued by the Public Safety department permitting the sharing of information among various foreign security and ...

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CAIR.CAN evolves – Introducing the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa, Canada – July 6, 2013) The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR.CAN), a prominent national Muslim civil liberties organization founded in the year 2000, today proudly unveiled its new name and logo. “As of July 6, 2013, CAIR.CAN will be known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) or the Conseil National des Musulmans Canadiens (CNMC). This change represents a natural evolution for the organization. Our new name better reflects the Canadian heritage and focus of the organization as well as its ongoing ...

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