News Releases & Statements


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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NCCM welcomes new online reporting system for hate crimes

Ottawa Police Service becomes first police service in Canada to offer online option (Ottawa - April 11, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), welcomes today's announcement that the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) will be offering an online form for reporting hate crimes. Starting today, community members who believe they have been the target of a hate crime or incident have the option to report it online, in addition to other reporting options. If a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger, victims or observers should always first call ...

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NCCM welcomes Peel District School Board’s solidarity with Muslim students

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - March 31, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) welcomes the Peel District School Board's (PDSB) response today to news that an individual was inciting students to secretly record school-supervised Friday prayers in an attempt to foment fear and suspicion. "The Peel board values inclusion - we stand with our Muslim community and all those who join together for inclusion in rejecting this cruel campaign," reads the PDSB statement. The full statement can be found here. "The PDSB's statement sends a strong message ...

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NCCM welcomes passage of Motion 103

-For Immediate Release- Strong majority of parliamentarians confront systemic racism and discrimination (Ottawa - March 23, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, welcomes the passage of a parliamentary motion in the House of Commons today condemning Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and discrimination. A strong majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) -- by a margin of 201 - 91 -- voted in favour of Motion 103 which further recommends that parliament study these troubling phenomena in ...

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NCCM announces settlement of defamation lawsuit against former spokesman for Stephen Harper / Le CNMC annonce le règlement de la poursuite en diffamation intentée contre l’ancien porte-parole de Stephen Harper

- For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – March 20, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is pleased to confirm settlement of its libel lawsuit against Jason MacDonald (former director of communications for the Right Honourable Stephen Harper) and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada on terms acceptable to the parties. In announcing the settlement, Mr. MacDonald and the NCCM have issued the following joint statement: “On January 16, 2014, Jason MacDonald made a media statement as the Director of Communications for the Right Honourable Stephen ...

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NCCM responds to charges against police officer in the death of Abdirahman Abdi

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – March 6, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, says that a criminal trial centering on the actions of a police officer in the death of Abdirahman Abdi should provide both answers and accountability. Last summer, local police were responding to complaints involving Mr. Abdi at a coffee shop in Ottawa’s downtown. Mr. Abdi, a 37-year-old resident who suffered from mental illness, was chased to his apartment building where he was allegedly pepper sprayed and ...

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NCCM denounces bomb threats made against Concordia University students / Le CNMC dénonce des menaces à la bombe contre les étudiants de l’Université Concordia

Other Muslim and Jewish institutions targeted in recent days (Ottawa - March 1, 2017) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, denounces threats made against Concordia's university population, as well as the recent targeting of other religious institutions. Concordia University receives threats The threats targeting Concordia University were made in a letter that was copied and sent to the university as well as to media outlets yesterday. The letter is from a group calling itself the Council of Conserv...

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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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