News Releases & Statements


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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Un groupe de revendication musulman national déclare que la Charte du Parti québécois est « encore discriminatoire »; il recommande vivement aux partis de l’Opposition de la rejeter

ENGLISH VERSION FOLLOWS - Pour diffusion immédiate - (Ottawa - 8 novembre 2013) Le Conseil national des musulmans canadiens (CNMC) affirme que la nouvelle Charte des valeurs, déposée hier par le gouvernement québécois, intensifie les premières préoccupations exprimées au sujet de la discrimination institutionnalisée et de l'établissement de deux classes de citoyens au Québec. « Au lieu d'utiliser des pratiques exemplaires établies en matière d'équilibre des droits, la loi proposée adopte une approche de « subordination de la fin aux moyens » en ...

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National Muslim advocacy organization denounces attack on Muslim students

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 9, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim advocacy organization, today condemned an assault this past Saturday evening on six Muslim youth in Kingston, Ontario which is being investigated as a hate crime by Kingston Police. According to a media report the victims - all Muslim - were chased down the street and attacked by four perpetrators, with one of the suspects brandishing a weapon. Kingston Police have also released an image of one of the suspects that was taken by one of the victim...

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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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