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The recent rise in anti-Muslim incidents in Canada is disturbing and risks eroding the strength of our country’s rich social fabric. When Muslim women are attacked in the streets, when mosques are vandalized or when people face prejudice in their workplace or school, it is not only Canadian Muslims that suffer; Canadian society as a whole is weakened because our values of equality, respect, justice and dignity for all are threatened.

Hate crimes against Muslims have risen dramatically in recent years both in Canada, and around the world.  Given the unfortunate climate of fear that seems to have entered some segments of public life, it appears that this trend is increasing.

Islamophobia is real and it is wrong, despite what some may say to downplay it or dismiss it.  This type of hate and discrimination tells Canadian Muslims that they do not belong by isolating them and their communities through stigmatization and casting them as outsiders and the ‘other’.

Our Commitment

By signing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just, and respectful communities in Canada.

We strongly affirm that:

  • Islamophobia, like all other forms of racism, hate, xenophobia, and bigotry, has no place in Canadian society.
  • Discrimination and acts of hate against anyone, marginalize individuals and communities and exclude them from participating fully in society and fulfilling their potential.
  • The dignity of every person in Canada is essential to a healthy and vibrant society.
  • Everyone in Canada has a role to play in creating safe environments for us all.
  • All levels of government, civil society, communities, and public officials have a duty to work together in developing policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate Islamophobia in all of its forms.
  • By working together, we can nurture inclusive communities and strengthen our shared commitment to Canada’s values of equality, respect, justice, and the dignity of all persons.

Organizational Endorsers

Ontario Public Service Employees UnionTorontoOntario
Anjum SultanaTorontoON
David Eby, Member of Legislative Assembly (Vancouver-Point Grey)VancouverBritish Columbia
Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP Calgary Forest LawnCalgaryAlberta
Majed JamousMontréalQuebec
Université de MontréalMontréalQuébec
Nadia NaqviDollard-des-OrneauxQuebec
Said AhmedOttawaOntario
Councillor Druh FarrellCalgaryAlberta
Yasser DhouibMontrealQuebec
Elizabeth BlockTorontoON
Amani HassaniMontrealQuebec
Urban Alliance on Race RelationsTorontoOntario
Norbert Piché/Service jésuite des réfugiésMontréalQuébec
Kinza ArshadCalgaryAlberta
Humaira AhmedMississaugaON
Maryam darTorontoOntario
Hisham Abdul-GhafoorKitchenerOntario
Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)TorontoON
Hamna AnwarTorontoOntario
Mohamad Al-zawahrehSaskatoonSaskatchewan
City of HamiltonHamiltonOntario
TAFAZZUL HUSSAIN3797 Quiet Creek DrMississauga
Muhammad Arif MinhasHamiltonHamilton
Dr. Asad U KhanAvcasterON
Imam Ayman Al-Taherhamiltonontario
Abdulmajid HaririHamiltonOntario
Mohammad Al-HaririBramptonON
Islamic Institute of TorontoTorontoOntario
Jamal-e-Fatima RafatReginaSK
Farrein Kalyanmississaugaontario
Muhammad N Yousafmississaugaontario
Fatima AhmadTorontoOn
Nadia Sayeh/ANNISAA Organization of CanadaNorth YorkON
Kathleen GibsonTorontoOntario
Sue WeareWaterlooOn
Randy FarrellKitchenerON
Darren KropfKitchenerON
Matt RiehlKitchenerON
Carly GrecoKitchenerOntario
Clare HitchensKitchenerOntario
Dwight StorringKitchenerOntario
Lauren WeinbergWaterlooOntario
Sarah AndersonKitchenerOntario
gillian reeskitchenerontario
Stephanie RozekKitchenerOntario
Gwyneth MitchellKitchenerOntario
Laurie StromeWaterlooOntario
Liana KreamerKitchenerOntario
Marla PenderKitchenerOntario
Kelly SteissWaterlooOntario
Lori-Ann LivingstonKitchenerOnt
Gina HickmanWaterlooON
Brenda HalloranWaterlooOntario
Alison GothardKitchenerOntario
Deb GollnickWaterlooOntario
Juanita MetzgerKitchenerOntario
Karen ScianWaterlooOntario
Tracy StrikeWaterlooOntario
Julie ArmesKitchenerON
Kate GeorgeKitchenerOntario
Rabia NasirKitchenerOntario
Keely PhillipsKitchenerOntario
Michelle SpencerKitchenerON
Katrina Cove-ShannonKitchenerOn
Jasmine MangalaserilKitchenerOntario
Dawn MilesKitchenerON
Sylvia PetrasTorontoON
James Davis NicollKitchenerOntario
Elizabeth WilliamsTorontoON
Joanna WooKitchenerOntario
Saskatchewan Coalition Against RacismRegina.Saskatchewan
Mudassir ChoudhryOttawaOntario
KAIROS Halifax, NSHalifaxNova Scotia
Abuobeida DirarOttawaOntario
Jenny DivleliNorth YorkOntario
Faisal KuttyTorontoOntario
Khairoon AbbasRichmond HillOntario
Lynn CarlileOttawaOntario
Al Mustafa Academy and Humanitarian SocietyEdmontonAlberta
Hilal AhmadMississaugaOntario
GTA Books & Taxes Inc.MississaugaOntario
Syed Umair ShahWinnipegManitoba
Let's Help MankindMississaugaON
Bashiruddin MohammadAjaxOntario, canada
Rudayna Bahubeshi, Inspirit FoundationTorontoOntario
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention CouncilWaterloo RegionOn
Anela JadunandanTorontoOntarlio
Mohamed Bhabha, Muslim Seniors Circle of Halton/PeelOakvilleOntario
Trevor LienReginaSaskatchewan
Jay BorensteinTorontoON
Michelle NagelTorontoON
David Allen OikleHalifaxNova Scotia
Maral Attar-zadehNorth YorkOntario
Carolyn JamesTorontoOntario
Louise griffinThailandPhuket
Craig JennexTorontoOntario
Ontario Public Service Employees UnionTorontoOntario