News Releases & Statements


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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Canadian Muslims begin Ramadan observance

- For Immediate Release - (Ottawa - May 26, 2016) Muslims in Canada and around the world will begin observing the holy month of Ramadan tomorrow. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from the break of dawn until sunset, and increase their focus on worship, spiritual growth and charity. Fasting is one of the "five pillars" or basic tenets of Islam. The Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau issued a Ramadan greeting to Canadian Muslims. “Tonight at sunset, Muslims in ...

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NCCM raises concerns about reports of numerous anti-Muslim hate incidents in Ottawa and Toronto

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - April 19, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is calling on police services to do all they can to swiftly bring to justice those targeting Muslims and their institutions. Ibrahim Hindy, a local Toronto imam has been the target of violent threats in recent days, linked to a vitriolic anti-Muslim campaign against prayers in the Peel District School Board (PDSB). Other Muslim advocates and students have also been targeted. In Ottawa, two local institutions have also been the target of hate in recent days. ...

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Community coalition welcomes dismissal of York Region’s director of education

-For Immediate Release- Says community is a step closer to seeing meaningful change in the YRDSB (Ottawa - April 20, 2017) A coalition of community representatives and parents joins the Vaughan African Canadian Association (VACA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) in expressing relief that the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) has terminated its Director of Education. The announcement came just days after a ministry-mandated review found systemic problems in the board, specifically highlighting a failure of leadership. "This isn't a ...

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Community coalition deeply troubled by provincial report into York Region District School Board

Reviewers say they heard "far too much that was distressing" (Ottawa - April 12, 2017) A coalition of community representatives and parents joins the Vaughan African Canadian Association (VACA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) in expressing deep concern with the findings of a highly anticipated report into the York District School Board (YRDSB) The review was ordered in January by Education Minister Mitzie Hunter. The order followed months of advocacy by families and community groups deeply troubled by issues of anti-Black racism and Islamo...

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