Urge Government to Designate January 29th as National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

Canadian Muslim communities are still reeling from the devastating terrorist attack in Quebec last January that claimed the lives of six Muslim men worshipping in their mosque and gravely injured many others. It was an unprecedented attack that left a Canadian place of worship – a sacred sanctuary – a scene of unimaginable carnage.

As we approach the upcoming first anniversary of the Quebec City mosque massacre, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), with the support of over 70 Canadian Muslim associations and organizations and over two-dozen community partners, recently wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking his government to designate January 29th as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

This call is based on precedent. Every December 6th, there is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women to mark the anniversary of the 1989 shooting massacre of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

The federal government says it has “received and noted” the NCCM’s proposal. Now, it’s your turn – join fellow Canadians and make your voice heard. By making this designation, we can ensure that we collectively never forget the horrific consequences of allowing hatred and xenophobia to go unchecked.