#RememberJan29: Commemorating the Lives Lost in the Quebec City Mosque Attack Across CanadaWritten by Chelby Daigle
On January 29th, 2017, six Muslims were murdered and nineteen injured at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City, Canada.
A year later, Canadians found a variety of ways to commemorate this tragedy.
Canadian media interviews their family and friends
Dawanet was able to successfully raise over $400,000 for an accessible home for Aymen Derbali and his family.
"Your Last Walk in the Mosque", Dawanet's documentary about the impact of the Quebec mosque attack on the families of those who died and the Muslim community in Quebec City was screened at Ottawa City Hall and Hamilton City Hall on January 29th.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke at a screening of the film at the Noor Cultural Centre in early February.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) called upon the Canadian federal government to officially recognize January 29 as the Day for Remembrance and Action against Islamophobia.
That didn't happen.
However, the day has now been officially recognized in the following cities:
St. John's, Newfoundland
Also, Ontario MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri will be introducing a motion this month for the day to be officially recognized by the province of Ontario.
The City of Ottawa proclaimed a day against hatred and bigotry but avoided using the term "Islamophobia".
With the hashtag #RememberJan29 Canadians reflected on the impact of the Quebec Mosque attack via social media. Many of these reflections have been compiled on this website.
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