News Releases & Statements


(Eng/Fre): NCCM deplores false media story targeting Quebec mosque / Le CNMC condamne la diffamation dans les médias à l’égard d’une mosquée du Québec

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release - Says TVA Network owes Quebec mosque and local Muslim community an ‘unequivocal apology’ (Montreal – December 15, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, deplores the broadcasting of a media story by French-language network TVA that falsely claimed that a Quebec mosque sought to exclude women from working at a contractor site near the mosque. Earlier this week, a report by TVA Nouvelles wrongly asserted that the Ahl-Ill Bait mosque in ...

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NCCM welcomes Statistics Canada’s early release of hate crime data

Expresses ongoing concern about rising level of hate crimes (Ottawa - November 28, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes Statistics Canada's earlier publication of key findings and overall trends from 2016 police-reported hate crimes. This represents a change from the normal two-year time lag between when data is collected and when it was traditionally released. "The NCCM has long called for the earlier compilation and public release of data on police-reported hate crimes. We are ...

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NCCM and CCLA launch legal challenge against Quebec’s Bill 62

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- Constitutional lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court seeks stay order against bill's Section 10 (Montreal - November 7, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, today filed a lawsuit in Quebec Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Bill 62. On October 18, 2017, the Quebec National Assembly enacted Bill 62, An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality, and, in ...

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NCCM: Government must take “concrete steps” to address human rights concerns inside CSIS

-For Immediate Release- Independent report confirms problematic behaviour within Service (Ottawa – November 6, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, says a recent report about discriminatory behaviour inside the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) underscores why the government must take concrete steps to restore public trust in Canada’s national intelligence service. Earlier this year several CSIS employees, including three Muslim employees, launched a lawsuit alleging discrim...

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NCCM deeply disappointed by vote in Quebec National Assembly / Le CNMC est profondément déçu du vote à l’Assemblée nationale du Québec

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- Bill 62 infringes religious freedom of Quebecers (Ottawa - October 18, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is deeply concerned by the Quebec National Assembly's passage today of legislation that discriminates against some Muslim women in the province. The legislation, known as Bill 62, effectively bans public servants and those who receive public services from wearing a face covering, including Muslim women who wear the niqab (face veil). ...

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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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