Think-tank looks at Is­lam­o­pho­bia

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

Re: Po­lice-re­ported hate crimes rose in Al­berta in 2015, Stat­sCan says, June 14

Hate crimes against Mus­lims in Canada have in­creased by 60 per cent from 2014 to 2015. This at­ti­tude was one of the lead­ing fac­tors that lead to the death of six men and in­jured 19 oth­ers when Alexan­dre Bis­son­nette, opened fire in Que­bec Masjid on Jan. 30, 2017.

The Cana­dian Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Study is be­ing un­der­taken to un­der­stand the level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Cana­dian Mus­lims and their fel­low Cana­di­ans.

The survey aims to take a deeper look at how Cana­di­ans think and feel about Mus­lim Cana­di­ans.

The survey also aims to un­der­stand the Mus­lim ex­pe­ri­ence in Canada and their per­cep­tions of how they are per­ceived.

Think for Ac­tions and In­sights Mat­ter, along with nine re­searchers, 11 ad­vis­ers and 19 stu­dents from eight dif­fer­ent Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties have cre­ated a short, five-minute survey.

All Cana­di­ans 18 years and older can com­plete it on­line: https://think­forac­ cces/

The re­sults will be shared at The Unity Con­fer­ence: Stronger to­gether — Strength in Di­ver­sity on Sept. 16 at the Univer­sity of Cal­gary.

The con­fer­ence aims to de­con­struct Is­lam­o­pho­bia/ alien­ation by ed­u­cat­ing in­sti­tu­tions on the roots, ef­fects and reme­dies of dis­crim­i­na­tion, marginal­iza­tion and sys­temic racism. Dr. Mukar­ram Zaidi, Univer­sity of Cal­gary

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