News Releases & Statements


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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NCCM expresses concern about anti-Muslim rallies and events

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - June 23, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is expressing deep concern regarding anti-Muslim rallies and events planned for this coming weekend in Alberta and in Ontario. The Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) says it will be marching in Calgary this Saturday even though it was denied a permit "on the basis that your organization, and messages it espouses, are hateful," according to city officials. In Toronto, the controversial Jewish Defence League ...

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Communities urge all levels of government to take action to confront hate

-For Immediate Release- Number of reported hate crimes rose in 2015: Statistics Canada (Ottawa - June 13, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), along with a coalition of community representatives and subject matter experts, is calling on all levels of government to do more to address hate crimes in Canada based on latest figures which indicate a rise in such reported crimes against several communities. The NCCM was joined in a press conference today on Parliament Hill by representatives from Black, Indigenous, Muslim, and Jewish communities in ...

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NCCM welcomes passing of Ontario’s Anti-Racism Act

(Ottawa - June 5, 2016) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes the Ontario legislature's adoption of Bill 114, the Anti-Racism Act, which received royal assent on June 1st. The Act enacts into law Ontario's recently created Anti-Racism Directorate. The NCCM consulted closely with Minister Michael Coteau and his team to ensure that Islamophobia was identified as a form of racism in the legislation. "We welcome the Ontario legislature's passing of the Anti-Racism Act. The province's Anti-R...

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Civil liberties groups call for urgent changes to preclearance rules

– For Immediate Release – Committee studying Bill C-23 should ask for more protections for Canadians travelling to the United States Ottawa — A trio of national civil liberties groups is calling on a parliamentary committee to implement changes to the Preclearance Act, 2016, known as C-23, to ensure Canadians are not at risk of human rights violations. The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), and the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA), submitted joint recommendations to the committee ...

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