Handbook aims to keep Muslim youth from extremism
CTV News | Monday, September 29, 2014
A new handbook aimed at preventing Canada’s Muslim youth from falling under the influence of terror organizations and being sent overseas to commit acts of violence was unveiled Monday in Winnipeg…
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Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said the handbook is a guide for parents, teachers, community leaders and others to “better understand the phenomenon of radicalization toward criminal violence … and how to best address it.”
Research shows that there is no one single trajectory that leads a youth to endorse or engage in violence, Gardee told CTV News Channel.
But there are three steps that can help ensure that “the message of violent extremism does not find traction here,” he said.
*Ensuring that Canadian Muslims understand their rights in Canada and their responsibilities as “active and engaged citizens.”
*Creating safe spaces where people of all ages — including youth who feel disenfranchised and alienated due to images of war from their ancestral homeland or Islamophobia in their communities — can air their grievances in a safe and comfortable forum.
*Challenging stereotypes that make Islam and violent extremism interchangeable, particularly in the media, which extremists use to tell youth that they will never be accepted.