Day of Remembrance & Action on Islamophobia
As we approach the first anniversary of this terrorist attack, the first of its kind on a place of worship on Canadian soil, this national tragedy should serve to remind us all the impact that Islamophobia, racism and bigotry can have on the lives of people.
We are urging the City and our Parliament to declare January 29 as the “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia” to honour the memory of the lives lost in the Quebec City mosque attack. As a country that considers diversity its greatest strength and defining feature, it is at times like these that we need to come together to educate fellow Canadians about this poison in our midst.
We must not allow voices of hate, even ones that initially appear to be on the margins, to permeate our public discourse and damage our social fabric.
This is part of the lesson we all need to share every Jan. 29.