Urge Toronto City Council to Designate January 29th as Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

Canadian Muslim communities are still reeling from the devastating terrorist attack in Québec City on January 29, 2017, 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 and left 6 women widowed and 17 orphans.

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.

We are calling on local governments to do the same at the city level.

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.

Now, it’s your turn – join fellow Canadians and make your voice heard.

If you live in the City of Toronto, please send a letter to your city councillor, which will be copied to the Mayor, requesting that January 29 be marked as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia in the City of Toronto.

By making this designation, we can honour the memory of the victims and their families and also ensure that Canadians never forget the horrific consequences that can occur of allowing hatred and xenophobia to go unchecked.