As-salāmu ʿalaykum wa-raḥmatu llāhi wa-barakātuhu, 

The Board of Directors of the London Muslim Mosque is joining 75 other Muslim organizations across Canada to request the federal government to designate January 29th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.   

We would like to request from everyone to send an e-mail to their federal member of Parliament to ask them to advocate for this cause. The email addresses and suggested text are below. Please share this with your networks.  

 

 

To: 

Peter Fragiskatos, London North Center - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kate Young, London West - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lindsay Mathyssen, London Fanshawe - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Karen Vecchio, Elgin-Middlesex-London - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dear __, Member of Parliament,

Re: Designating January 29 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

 

I write to you today regarding the fourth anniversary of the January 29th mass shooting that took place on January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City.  Each year the Canadian Muslim community remembers the lives of Azzedine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Mohamedou Tanou Barry, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti, and Khaled Belkacemi who were barbarically gunned down after their evening prayers.

Hate crimes against Muslims rise each day, and at an even more alarming rate during the pandemic.  For four consecutive years, Canadian Muslim organizations have called on the government to deliver the final recommendation made in the M103 report by the Ministry of Heritage. To date, this recommendation has not been implemented. Major cities Montreal, Markham, Toronto, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Brampton, and Vancouver are among others across Canada that have already designated January 29th as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. 

This decision is far overdue. In fact, designating January 29th as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia should have been the first step in responding to the Quebec shooting. Delivering on this recommendation this year would reaffirm the government’s commitment to countering Islamophobia. There are multiple priorities pending when it comes to government action to combat racism and hate against Canadian Muslims.  Such priorities include addressing the rise of white supremacy and other far-right groups, designating hate groups who are a threat to our national security as terrorist groups, and overcoming systemic racism in government institutions, security and law enforcement.

The M103 report was an unprecedented step by the government with well-thought-out recommendations.  As your constituent and a concerned Canadian, I ask that you please advocate to have January 29th designated as a “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.”