Today's News
ELAL 800×100
Peerles 800×100
S&P 600×100
TIF800x100
Community Sports 800×100
Israel Bond RRSP Jan 2017
S&P 600×100
ELAL 600×100
Shlomo
Photo: CIJnews

A call for a “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia”

National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) sent an open letter to all three levels of the Canadian government on February 8, 2016, urging the government to take concrete action to “counter Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and discrimination” following the terror attack on the Centre culturel Islamique de Québec.

The open letter, endorsed by dozens of Canadian Muslim institutions and organizations across the country and their community partners, recommended that at the municipal level, all city councils should boost resources for local police services to receive training in the area of bias-neutral policing and hate crimes, to provide education and outreach to diverse communities, and to publicly release annual review of hate crimes

NCCM also calls for every province in Canada to create an Anti-Racism Directorate which will examine issues of systemic racism within the government’s mandate, and to create and support public education campaigns on related topics.

It also recommends the creation of a mandatory course on systemic racism at the secondary school level which will explore xenophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and their impacts on Canadian society.

NCCM also urges the Parliament to declare January 29 as the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia”.

Finally, NCCM and its partners also call on all MPs to support the “anti-Islamophobia” motion, tabled by MP Iqra Khalid, to be voted on in Parliament February 16, 2017.

The motion, which does not define Islamophobia, asks the government to recognize the need to “quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear”, to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination” and “to request that the government undertake a study on how the government could develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada”.

Critics of the motion are concerned that the motion singles out Muslims for preferential protection while ignoring other religious minorities, and that criminalizing Islamophobia, without clearly defining what Islamophobia is, would, in effect, silence all legitimate criticism of political Islam and Sharia law, and would deal a blow to free speech in Canada.

ELAL 600×100
Buzaker 600×100
S&P 600×100
Israel Bond RRSP Jan 2017

About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at ilana@canada-israel.org

23 comments

  1. Raymond Hietapakka

    “iSlamophobia” a word invented by a liar, used by cowards.

  2. We have a national day for rememberance in this country. It may not be the most original name but it’s called rememberance day. That’s the day that even though I’ve never been touched by war I legitimately shed tears in the memory of those who died for my freedom. I ensure you that’s a tradition that will not be forgotten.

  3. Sign this petition against this Motion (M103), our free speech is in jeopardy!
    https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/protecting-canadian-free-speeech-rights-from

  4. Sit down and shut up!!!!! Canada is shaping up to be a joke…..the muzzies are practically running the country now. To all you idiots who allowed this little spawn of PET to run this country by casting an anti-Harper vote las election, I say, HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?????? Support Vernier as the new leader of the PC party.

  5. Go fuk ur hats

  6. The Muzzies are millking a tragic occurrence for all its worth! Screw them together with their Islamophobia! Let them go back to their hellholes if they want Shariah law in Canada!

  7. This is absolute rubbish and if acted on by any level of government in Canada, freedom of speech is gone. These demands are outrageous because we have a charter protecting everyone already. At least the charter treats EVERYONE fairly.

  8. Never saw anything about racism agains’t white people which is clearly evident in Canada, especially from our own government. Listen to the hate speeches given by blacks and muslims. Read the Quran and it clearly states that infidels must die and to cut their heads off. It appears that the only people according to the rant above that can possibly be racist are white people. Using the race card is the method the Muslims employed in Europe and now Sweden has the dubious distinction of being the rape capital of the world. So Muslims want the government, Trudeau who is Islamic, to essentially take our freedom of speech and expression away which of course is unconstitutional. These people love to take advantage of every country they invade and make demands based on the race card. The Quebec mosque murders are terrible to be sure however, extremist muslims are guilty of many, many crimes against white people. If Muslims and Blacks want white people to take training and have laws reflecting racism issues, news flash, they already exist. Remember, you cannot single out a particular race to change a law….because it’s RACIST!

  9. They are changing trying to change our laws…DO NOT ALLOW THIS!!!

  10. The world has gone crazy! Stop the train, I want to get off.

  11. The ignorance is unbelievable

  12. How about a day or a month against anti Christian crap.

  13. THIS IS ..”BEYOND BELIEF”…THAT OUR GOVERNMENT OF CANADA WOULD ….EVEN….CONSIDER TO ACCEPT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS OR ANYTHING SIMILAR !!!….THIS IS OUTLANDISH, INCONCEIVABLE AND A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO TAKE AWAY OUR “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” …..THESE PEOPLE MUST “EARN” OUR TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP THE SAME WAY EVERY OTHER FOREIGNER ENTERING OUR COUNTRY DID……..AND FURTHER MORE …THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE AWARE THAT CONTINUING TO CONSIDER THIS ISSUE COULD CAUSE THE BIGGEST UP RISE THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN !!!!!! JUST SAYING !

  14. #FreeOurChristianLands Be a proud Christian, don’t allow the immoral left and jihadists to intimidate us. #RejectHateCultIslam

  15. What could be causing “islamophobia”? The list is long and almost everyone knows it now , so why aren’t they the (Islamic preachers or imams) teaching them different or leading a call of reform to end them. The responsability of all this is being deflected in the wrong direction by design.The stubborn perpetuation of this one sided narrative is getting old, misused and predictable. time for them to use a new strategy. because it is losing it’s tactical usefullness

  16. Robert Hall and John Ridsdell didn’t get a day of remembrance. Neither did the Canadians killed in Burkino Faso.

  17. no way…this is creeping sharia

    • Exactly. As a clarification, any criticism of Islam is considered “Islamophobia” including reports about Islamic inspired terrorism, and factual reports about hate speech coming from Imams.

  18. As soon as they start speaking out and doing something against Radical Islam and stop forcing their beliefs down our throats, I won’t even consider not trusting that Religious Cult. Islam has created Chaos in every Country they’ve invaded so far

  19. Who did the terror attack ? And what make it going to this day ,,,,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Send this to friend