Fight Is­lama­pho­bia, coali­tion urges

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A coali­tion of Cana­dian Mus­lim or­ga­ni­za­tions is call­ing for all levels of govern­ment to com­bat Is­lam­o­pho­bia in the wake of the shoot­ings at a Que­bec mosque.

The coali­tion is call­ing for all levels of govern­ment to com­bat Is­lam­o­pho­bia in the wake of the shoot­ings at a Que­bec mosque. Among other things, the group wants bet­ter train­ing for po­lice, manda­tory anti-racism ed­u­ca­tion in schools and for Par­lia­ment to de­clare Jan. 29 a na­tional day of re­mem­brance and ac­tion on Is­lam­o­pho­bia. That’s the day a shooter opened fire in a Que­bec City mosque and killed six peo­ple.

Ih­saan Gardee of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Cana­dian Mus­lims says the Mus­lim com­mu­nity felt em­braced by the out­pour­ing of sup­port in the wake of the shoot­ing.

He says the ques­tion now is how to move for­ward and en­sure lessons are learned from the tragedy.

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Sab­rina Sassi, a for­mer com­mu­nity mem­ber of Ste Foy and PhD can­di­date at the Uni­ver­sity of Laval speaks, as lead­ers of na­tional and Que­bec or­ga­ni­za­tions joined the Na­tional Coun­cil of Cana­dian Mus­lims to call on gov­ern­ments to counter Is­lam­o­pho­bia, racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion, on Par­lia­ment Hill on Wed­nes­day.

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