Make January 29th a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

Dear Prime Minister:

Re:   Designating January 29th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

Canada’s unions have long been at the forefront of social justice.

This is why the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has endorsed the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ call for a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

This special designation will serve as an annual opportunity to remember the six men who were tragically killed on January 29, 2017; these men were murdered by a man who was filled with anti-Muslim hatred. This was the deadliest act of violence at a place of worship in Canada’s history.

It is also a moment to learn about the various consequences of Islamophobia from the deadliest manifestations to the everyday discrimination experienced by Canadian Muslims as documented by human rights tribunals, commissions, workplaces and community organizations.

We value the diversity of our country, recognizing the collective strength of our unity. This unity is under threat by the documented increased activity by extremist hate groups, which include anti-immigrant, racist and xenophobic and anti-Muslim rallies held in many Canadian neighbourhoods and the rise of hate-speech online. It is more important than ever to articulate our abhorrence of these divisive attitudes that threaten the cohesiveness we cherish.

The CLC is pleased to join over 100 other Canadian Muslim organizations and allies in encouraging the federal government to commemorate this day.

Yours sincerely,

Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress