As a young person caught in the devastation of war – or maybe because of that – Semira Saba Kifle dreamed of becoming a nurse. She realized that dream, graduating from the Algonquin College Practical Nursing diploma program in 2018, after 18 years as a Personal Support Worker (PSW).
It's been a hard series of years and many communities are grieving the impact of hate-based crime. That being said, doors have been opened for sincere soul searching from many angles. For about 5 years I have been lecturing and educating Muslim community organizations about black history and anti-black racism. In all these conversations, I encourage the audience to reflect on the good, the triumphant, but also engage the bad; some of which come from within ourselves. I expect people to be challenged spiritually and intellectually, especially when talking about race because it's an issue that affects the human heart and is usually met with some measure of defensiveness from those who are hearing the discussion for the first time.
Somalis are one of the largest African diaspora communities in Canada, with an estimated 62,550 Somalis living in Canada, although ten years ago, Somali agencies estimated that number was closer to 150,000. Somali-Canadians represent a vibrant part of Ontarian and Canadian society.
Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC) invites you to learn, share and celebrate Islamic History Month in Canada throughout the month of October — this year with a special focus on the resilience and achievements of Black Muslims.