Muslim Link is starting a series of profiles about ethno-cultural Muslim community associations across Canada. We feel this is a great way to help our community become more informed about our diversity and complexity.
On April 25, four young Somali Canadian researchers launched the report "Another Day, Another Janazah", about the disproportionately high homicide rates among young Somali men in Ontario.
As Youth LEAPS Executive Director Liban Abokar, states "I'm moved by the attendance here today. For those policy makers in the room, I ask you to look around, the attendance today signals that the issue we are here to discuss is not one that has defeated us, but one that has actually galvanized us to action."
Eritrean Canadian researcher Munira Abdulwasi is running a series of talks focused on raising awareness about mental health issues.
Munira Abdulwasi is a PhD candidate studying Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Her research interests include marginalized individuals living with chronic disease and the health needs of Canadian Aboriginal veterans. She was awarded funding through the York University Agents of Change competition to implement a Health Promotion Series at TARIC Islamic Centre in Toronto.
Muslim Link interviewed Munira about her work with TARIC and why she feels mosques can be sites of health promotion on a variety of topics, particularly mental health.