On September 12th, 2020, Mohamed Aslam-Zafis was taken in an act of Islamophobic violence at the IMO mosque by a man allegedly linked to a white supremacist organization called the O9A. Before his life was cut short, Mohamed was handing out food to the needy.
The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) recognises the recent National Action Summit on Islamophobia as an important opportunity to start real change to tackle violent and systemic Islamophobia in Canada.
CCMW's Executive Director Nuzhat Jafri participated in the National Summit on Islamophobia earlier today to share the experiences and perspectives of CCMW members and of young women and girls on Islamophobia.
On July 9th, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, the Government of Canada's Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Youth, announced that "To continue building on Canada's Anti-Racism Strategy, the Government of Canada will host the National Summit on Antisemitism on July 21, and the National Summit on Islamophobia on July 22."
This has been a year like no other. The ever-present nature of racial trauma in society has been challenging for all of us, especially children and teens. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a rupture in society, magnifying inequities and redefining what it means to be vulnerable. The violent nature of racism has been on full display on television and in social media.