On March 15 last year, I lost a close friend in the Christchurch attacks. When Haji-Daoud Nabi greeted a stranger at the door of the Al Noor mosque with “hello brother”, he was shot dead – one of 51 people killed.
In the hours after the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 last year, I wrote that I hoped New Zealand would finally stop believing it was immune to far-right extremist violence. A year on, I’m not sure enough has changed.
As Muslims in Canada watch coverage of the people of New Zealand showing support and solidarity with local Muslim communities after the terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand, they have also been learning more about the Indigenous peoples of New Zealand, the Maori.
On Sunday, March 17th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the South Nepean Muslim Community (SNMC) mosque in Ottawa, Ontario to express his condolences to the Muslim community in the wake of the terrorist attack against Muslims during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand.