News Releases & Statements


NCCM stands with Jewish communities in denouncing anti-Semitism

– For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – February 27, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, strongly and unequivocally condemns a series of hateful incidents against Jewish communities that have come to light in recent days. Recently, videos surfaced of appalling and reprehensible comments made by two individuals leading prayers at a mosque in Toronto in 2016 and in Montreal in 2014. The comments included supplications that contained incendiary speech towards the Jewish community. Both mosque ...

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NCCM expresses concern over ‘celebrate Islamophobia’ rally outside Toronto mosque

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - February 18, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is deeply concerned by a hateful gathering held yesterday outside a downtown Toronto mosque during Friday prayers. A dozen participants held up signs that said "Muslims are terrorists" and "Ban Islam" while mosque congregants gathered for weekly congregational worship. At least one participant mentioned the proposed anti-Islamophobia parliamentary motion. "This was a clear attempt to intimidate the Muslim ...

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NCCM calls on government to defend Canadian rights at the U.S. border

-For Immediate Release- Says federal government should reconsider Bill C-23 (Ottawa - February 13, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is calling on the federal government to stand up for the rights of Canadian citizens to travel freely and without discrimination to the United States. In recent days, there have been five reported cases of Canadians being turned away from the border after extensive questioning and intrusive treatment. "We recognize that the United States as a sovereign ...

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Canadian Muslim leaders call for government action on Islamophobia/ Lettre ouverte des leaders et des représentants des communautés musulmanes du Canada

-For Immediate Release- 'Open Letter' released to three levels of government; urges support for Motion 103 (Ottawa - February 8, 2017) A coalition of national and Quebec-based Muslim organizations led by the the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) released an open letter today at a Parliament Hill news conference urging all three levels of government to take concrete action to counter Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and discrimination following the terror attack on the Centre culturel Islamique de Québec. Read Open Letter here. Lisez Lettre ...

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NCCM and AMAL-Québec condemn deadly terrorist attack at Quebec mosque

-For Immediate Release- (Quebec City - January 30, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, and the human rights group AMAL-Québec are expressing outrage after a terrorist attack at a Quebec City mosque that left at least six worshippers dead and injured 8 others. Two individuals were reportedly in custody following the shootings which unfolded on Sunday during evening prayers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec. "We are horrified by this despicable act of violence. Our prayers ...

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Community coalition welcomes review of York Region District School Board

-For Immediate Release- Community coalition welcomes review of York Region District School Board (Toronto – January 26, 2017) A coalition of community representatives joins the Vaughan African Canadian Association (VACA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) in welcoming today’s announcement that Ontario’s Education Minister has called a review of the York District School Board (YRDSB). In a statement issued at noon, Minister Mitzie Hunter, said, “There have been significant and growing concerns from parents and community members regarding ...

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Coalition of agencies launches ad campaign to challenge Islamophobia & racism

(Toronto – January 23, 2017) A coalition of national and provincial organizations and agencies has partnered to launch an awareness raising campaign that encourages Ontarians to stand up to Islamophobia and racism. OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, the Canadian Arab Institute (CAI), the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) have collaborated with media studio Mass Minority on a range of public education strategies, including public service announcements and a social media campaign. ...

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NCCM and AMPAC call for noose incident to be treated as a hate crime

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – December 7, 2016) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, joins the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) in calling on authorities to treat recent threats made against Muslim women in Edmonton as a hate crime. On November 8, 2016, a man allegedly showed a noose to two Muslim women who were standing at the platform of an Edmonton LRT station. The alleged suspect was taken into custody earlier this week, according to media reports. “That someone would ...

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Canadian Muslim organizations call for government action to counter growing Islamophobia

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - December 5, 2016) A coalition of Canadian Muslim representatives joined the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today in calling on the federal government to take concrete steps in countering Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination. At a news conference held this morning, national and local community representatives said there are growing concerns about anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred in Canada and that the federal government's leadership is required to effectively address them. "As ...

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NCCM welcomes expansion of support for communities at risk of hate-motivated crimes

(Ottawa – November 30, 2016) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes the federal government’s expansion of the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) aimed at supporting communities at risk of hate-motivated crimes. On November 28th, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale made the announcement in Parliament, referencing a spate of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and racist vandalism that took place in Ottawa. “Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the representations made by the Centre for Israel and Jewish ...

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