Public Advocacy

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Through professional advocacy, NCCM engages decision-makers, policy-makers, our nation’s courts and civil society to promote the maintenance of a just and harmonious society for all Canadians.

Protecting the interests of Canadian Muslim communities requires vigilance and sustained advocacy. From the Maher Arar Public Inquiry to the Anti-Terrorism Act to the Supreme Court of Canada, NCCM has and continues to serve as a valuable resource by offering a balanced and mainstream Canadian Muslim perspective on important policy and legislative matters.

Many policies formed at the national level which directly affect Canadian Muslims and others are done without a requisite understanding of the many nuanced issues facing diverse communities. Issues such as human rights & civil liberties, privacy rights, religious freedom, counter-terrorism, national security & radicalization, and immigration are often written about, debated and decided without Canadian Muslim voices sitting at the table. NCCM seeks to bring a mainstream voice to many of these discussions.

NCCM frequently writes and publishes position briefs and reports on public policy matters and appears before parliamentary and legislative committees to present these perspectives to Members of Parliament, Senators and other legislative bodies. We also hold policy forums to amplify the Canadian Muslim voices at all levels.

NCCM further monitors legal developments and intervenes at our nation’s courts, particularly before the Supreme Court of Canada, in cases that impact fundamental rights and freedoms. Our legal advocacy ensures that important Canadian Muslim perspectives help inform judicial decision-making in our nation.