News Releases & Statements


NCCM Responds to Supreme Court Dismissal of Webber Academy Case on Religious Accommodation

-For Immediate Release- Decision means complainants must re-litigate reasonable accommodation case 8 years on (Ottawa - February 28, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, today expressed its disappointment at yet another delay of justice in the Webber Academy case. The case involves two Canadian Muslim students whose constitutionally protected rights to religious accommodation were denied when they were prevented from praying at Webber Academy, a non-denominational private school in Calgary. ...

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Quebec Mosque Shooter Sentenced to 40 Years Before Parole Eligibility

-For Immediate Release- Court recognizes attack as a hate crime that ‘tore at the fabric of society’ (Quebec City - February 8, 2019) Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced today to 40 years in prison before parole eligibility for the killing of six Muslim men, and the attempted murder of 35 other worshippers, in the Islamophobic attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ) on January 29, 2017. As the judge handed down the sentence, he reiterated the devastating impact of Bissonnette’s hateful actions on the survivors, the ...

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NCCM: Quebec Premier’s comments denying Islamophobia in province are offensive and inexcusable

-For Immediate Release- Urges Premier Legault to retract and apologize (Montreal - January 31, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) says that Premier François Legault’s comments today denying the existence of Islamophobia in Quebec are “highly offensive and inaccurate” and is urging him to publicly retract his statement. According to news reports, when asked whether he thinks there should be a National Day to commemorate the tragedy in Quebec City, François Legault stated: “I do not think there is Islamophobia in Quebec and I cannot think of ...

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Remembering January 29: Solidarity events with Quebec mosque massacre victims held across Canada / Commémoration du 29 janvier : Événements organisés partout au Canada en solidarité avec les victimes de la tuerie survenue à la mosquée de Québec

La version en français suit (Ottawa – January 29, 2019) Today marks the second anniversary of the horrific, Islamophobic attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ). The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), along with Canadians across the country, honours the memory of the six Muslim men brutally murdered and nineteen others injured on January 29, 2017 when a gunman entered the mosque and opened fire on worshippers after evening prayers. The names of the six victims are: Azzedine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim ...

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NCCM Condemns Hateful Intimidation at Edmonton Mosque

-For Immediate Release- Urges Muslim communities to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to local authorities (Ottawa – January 26, 2019) With the second anniversary of the Quebec City mosque massacre just a few days away, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is condemning a hateful incident of intimidation that occurred yesterday at the well-known Al Rashid Mosque in Edmonton Alberta. According to reports a group of individuals connected to Soldiers of Oden and The Clann, known far-right Islamophobic hate groups, entered the Al Rashid Mosque, ...

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NCCM: Government’s Terrorism Report Unfairly Stigmatizes Canadian Minority Communities

-For Immediate Release- Urges government to recognize report's deeply flawed nature and to stop using misleading language in public reports (Ottawa – December 14, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, says that the federal government's 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada unfairly stigmatizes Canadian Muslim communities and other racialized minority groups while minimizing the growing role of white supremacist and far-right groups in perpetuating violent attacks inside Canada...

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Hate Crimes Targeting Muslims in Canada Up 151% in 2017, According to New Data

-For Immediate Release- Statistics Canada data released today shows stark increases in hate crimes against most racial, religious and other minority groups (Ottawa - November 29, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) says it is deeply concerned by new data from Statistics Canada showing significant country-wide increases in police-reported hate crimes in 2017. Hate crimes increased by 47% overall, while those targeting Muslims increased by 151%. Black and Jewish communities also saw disturbing increases of 50% and 63% respectively. “The data, ...

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(EN/FR) NCCM: New ‘Open Letter’ to Government Calls for January 29 to be National Day of Action against Hate & Intolerance

La version en français suit – For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – November 22, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today sent an open letter to the federal government urging them to designate January 29 as a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance. The NCCM previously called on the government to designate this day as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia following the horrific Islamophobic attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City in which 6 men were killed and many others injured almost two years ...

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NCCM condemns horrific shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 27, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) categorically denounces today's devastating attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of several Jewish worshippers. Law enforcement in the United States have said the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, with many noting this may be the deadliest antisemitic attack in the country’s history. “With heavy hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community following ...

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(Eng/Fre): Quebec Court of Appeal Upholds Religious Freedom in Hijab Case

Le texte français suivra - For Immediate Release - NCCM says decision in favour of Rania El-Alloul is “a significant victory for fundamental rights and freedoms” (Montreal – October 3, 2018) The Quebec Court of Appeal today issued its decision in the case of Rania El-Alloul, definitively ruling that no person can be prohibited from wearing their hijab in the courtroom if it is worn on the basis of their sincerely held religious belief and does not conflict with an overriding public interest. In 2016, a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled that Montreal resident ...

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