Remembering the Québec City mosque attack and taking action against Islamophobia
In spite of the stated aim of keeping all Canadians safe, Muslim Canadians have experienced quite the opposite, regularly being subjected to increased surveillance, scrutiny, harassment, and micro-aggression at border crossings, workplaces, schools, and public spaces.
Parliament Hill was home to a vigil on Jan. 30, 2017, where people gathered by the flame to honour the Quebec mosque attack victims. Muslims are absent from decision-making tables where meaningful policies can be made and programs can be developed and implemented, which is a contributing factor why concrete actions to effectively address Islamophobia and hate towards Muslims are seriously lacking, writes Waheed Khan.
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