News Releases & Statements


NCCM testifies on systemic racism and discrimination at parliamentary committee

-For Immediate Release- Urges government to take "concrete" policy actions to address discrimination and racism (Ottawa - October 4, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, testified today before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage regarding its study on systemic racism and religious discrimination. Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee and Public Affairs Coordinator (Quebec) Eve Torres represented the NCCM at the hearing. During its oral testimony, the NCCM stated, in part: ...

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Decision not to charge Quebec mosque shooter with terrorism “deeply concerning” / La décision de ne pas déposer de chefs d’accusation pour terrorisme contre le tireur de la mosquée de Québec est « extrêmement inquiétante »

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- NCCM: Decision not to charge Quebec mosque shooter with terrorism "deeply concerning" (Ottawa - October 4, 2017) The decision by Crown prosecutors to not charge Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette with terrorism reinforces negative stereotypes and is deeply concerning to Muslim communities, says a prominent Canadian Muslim advocacy organization. The Crown filed a direct indictment against Bissonnette, allowing prosecutors to bypass a preliminary hearing and proceed to trial. The indictment included several ...

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NCCM condemns brazen attacks in Edmonton

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 1, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, categorically condemns the brazen and senseless attacks in Edmonton on Saturday night. An Edmonton police constable was stabbed by a suspect who is later alleged to have driven a truck aiming to mow down pedestrians. Four people were injured, along with the policeman. The suspect is now in police custody. A Daesh flag was allegedly found in the vehicle. Edmonton police are investigating the incident as a terror...

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Coalition issues letter on Bill C-59 / Des groupes de la société civile envoient une lettre ouverte au gouvernement fédéral au sujet de C-59

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- Coalition issues letter on Bill C-59 (Ottawa, September 19, 2017) - Today, 40 organizations and individuals from across Canadian civil society issued a joint letter to government that lays out overarching concerns with Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters. Bill C-59 makes some meaningful and necessary improvements to Canada’s national security regime, but it fails to reverse the legacy of its unpopular predecessor, Bill C-51, and introduces serious new problems. It specifically falls short in ...

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Canadian Muslims to celebrate Eid as hate incidents continue to rise / Les musulmans canadiens s’apprêtent à célébrer l’Aïd dans un climat d’incidents islamophobes

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- President of Quebec City mosque among those targeted in recent weeks (Ottawa – August 31, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is raising concern about rising attacks targeting Canadian Muslim communities, including the firebombing of a car belonging to president of the same Quebec mosque where six worshippers were killed and many gravely injured in a terrorist attack last January. “Canadian Muslims are preparing to celebrate Eid ul-Adha, ...

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NCCM welcomes criminal charge against Mississauga man for promoting hatred

-For Immediate Release- Individual arrested and charged was frequently promoting fear and hatred of Muslims (Ottawa - July 24, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, welcomes news of the laying of a criminal charge against an individual accused of promoting hatred. Peel Regional Police (PRP) arrested Kevin J. Johnston this morning and charged the 45-year-old male with one count of wilful promotion of hatred under the Criminal Code of Canada. In a statement today, PRP stated: "The charge stems ...

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(Eng./Fre.) NCCM condemns hateful intimidation of Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 19, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, joins the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec to strongly condemn the delivery of a package to their mosque that contained a defaced Qur'an and a hateful note. Quebec City police are currently investigating the incident. The mosque received the package on Friday, July 14th prior to a referendum on the mosque's bid to create a Muslim cemetery in Saint-Apollinaire. The package included a note saying that the cemetery ...

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National and provincial Muslim groups welcome Alberta government’s efforts to tackle racism

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 18, 2017) National and provincial Muslim organizations are welcoming the Government of Alberta's recent announcement of a concerted effort to identify "practical steps the government can take to help Albertans who experience racism." In an open letter to Premier Rachel Notley, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) are welcoming  the government's initiative. "We are pleased to have already participated in consultations with Minister of Education David Eggen and ...

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NCCM: Claims of Islamophobia and discrimination inside CSIS “deeply disturbing”

-For Immediate Release- Perceptions of bias within security agencies risk eroding public confidence (Ottawa - July 14, 2017)  The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, says allegations contained in a lawsuit filed yesterday by five employees of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) about pervasive discrimination, racism and Islamophobia within the spy agency are "deeply disturbing and should be investigated immediately." The lawsuit,  which does not publicly identify the five ...

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NCCM welcomes government’s apology to Omar Khadr

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 4, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes news of the federal government's decision to apologize and compensate Canadian citizen Omar Khadr for his ordeal. Born in Toronto, Khadr was just 15 years old when he was captured in Afghanistan by American soldiers in July 2002. Described as a child soldier by the United Nations, he went on to spend nearly 10 years in the notorious U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay. In 2010, the Supreme Court of ...

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