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The recent rise in anti-Muslim incidents in Canada is disturbing and risks eroding the strength of our country’s rich social fabric. When Muslim women are attacked in the streets, when mosques are vandalized or when people face prejudice in their workplace or school, it is not only Canadian Muslims that suffer; Canadian society as a whole is weakened because our values of equality, respect, justice and dignity for all are threatened.

Hate crimes against Muslims have risen dramatically in recent years both in Canada, and around the world.  Given the unfortunate climate of fear that seems to have entered some segments of public life, it appears that this trend is increasing.

Islamophobia is real and it is wrong, despite what some may say to downplay it or dismiss it.  This type of hate and discrimination tells Canadian Muslims that they do not belong by isolating them and their communities through stigmatization and casting them as outsiders and the ‘other’.

Our Commitment

By signing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just, and respectful communities in Canada.

We strongly affirm that:

  • Islamophobia, like all other forms of racism, hate, xenophobia, and bigotry, has no place in Canadian society.
  • Discrimination and acts of hate against anyone, marginalize individuals and communities and exclude them from participating fully in society and fulfilling their potential.
  • The dignity of every person in Canada is essential to a healthy and vibrant society.
  • Everyone in Canada has a role to play in creating safe environments for us all.
  • All levels of government, civil society, communities, and public officials have a duty to work together in developing policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate Islamophobia in all of its forms.
  • By working together, we can nurture inclusive communities and strengthen our shared commitment to Canada’s values of equality, respect, justice, and the dignity of all persons.

Organizational Endorsers

Ontario Public Service Employees UnionTorontoOntario
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)TorontoOntario
Rev. Paula Kline (St. James United Church Montreal)MontrealQuebec
Firas Al-DhaherLondonOntario
Muneeb NasirTorontoOntario
North American Spiritual RevivalBurlingtonOntario
Itrath SyedVancouverBC
Joe/Russ Saddy/OakesLondonOntario
Naeem SiddiqiMarkhamON
Syed Afaq MoinBurlingtonON
Mosaic InstituteTorontoON
Laura DaSilva - CBC WindsorWindsorOntario
Naomi LevitzWindsorON
The Tessellate InstituteTorontoOntario
Brent Van DaeleVictoriaBritish Columbia
Colleen BurkeWindsorOntario
Mary M. ScottLondonOntario
Ben Irwinwindsorontario
Pat KeaneLondonOnt
Mahmood JafferRichmondBC
N A FraserLondonON
Tracy GibbonsLondonOntario
Kujtim LumaniSt ThomasON
Mohamed A DewjiRichmondBC
Lisa PhillipsClintonOntario
Saskia GingrichLondonON
Joan NordRed Deer College StudentRed Deer/Alberta
Lynda C. ReynoldsLondonOntario
Alan T PerryEdmontonAB
Margaret SuhWindsorOntario
John J. JohnsonParkhillOntario
Muhammad MunshiMississaugaOntario
Noor Al-ShaikhMarkhamOntario
Cathy AbbottLondonON
Fran Pappert-ShannonWaterlooOntario
Iftikhar MahmoodAuroraOntario
Elizabeth CheweyLavalQuébec
For More Inclusion (FMI)MontrealQuebec
Cordoba Centre for Civic Engagement and LeadershipTorontoOntario
Masooma KhawajaLondonOntario
Aisha RajaTorontoOntario
Jasminka KalajdzicWindsorOntario
Eduardo Alves Dos AnjosMontrealQuebec
Reem SelimLawson RdLondon, Ontario
Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against WomenSuite 601, 250 City Centre Ave.Ottawa
Katherine RanaKitchenerOntario
Alex Neve, Amnesty International CanadaOttawaOntario
Clayton Smith, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor809 Lafferty AveLaSalle, ON. N9J 3E8
Université du Québec à MontréalMontrealQuebec
Arif MoledinaKelownaBC
Teeka FergusonNelsonBC
Ottawa Police ServiceOttawaON
Ramona Lisa McDonaldOshawaOntario
John CartwrightTorontoOntario
Malek AliLondonOntario
Pamela CantorCalgary, AlbertaCalgary, Alberta
Hamid HussainRichmondBC
Charles BainWindsorOntario
Sameer VastaLondonOntario
Muhammad Ashraf KhanMarkhamOntario
Rev. Nancy Vernon Kelly, Evangelical Lutheran Church in CanadaWaterlooON - Ontario
Alain CharetteGatineauQuébec
Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener-WaterlooWaterlooOntario
Navaid AzizCalgaryAlberta
Maaz abowathTorontoOntario
Robert PorterLONDONOntario
Maria D'SouzaLondonON
International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)OttawaOntario
MP Frank Baylis (Pierrefonds - Dollard)MontrealQC
Shaheen Ashraf (Canadian Council of Muslim Women - Montreal)MontrealQC
MP Leona Alleslev - Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond HillAurora, Oak Ridges, Richmond HillOntario
Ontario Undergraduate Student AllianceTorontoOntario
Alireza AhmadianVancouverBC
Riad TallimOttawaON
Julia WoodSt. CatharinesOntario
City CouncillorLondonLondon Ontario
Matthew KurvinkMidlandOntario
Making Peace VigilReginaSaskatchewan
PeaceQuest ReginaReginaSaskatchewan
Brahim benbouazza14- 2159 Smith streetRegina SK
Michael HackbuschWaterloo RegionOntario
University Students' CouncilLondonOntario
Canadian Council for Refugees | Conseil canadien pour les réfugiésMontrealQuebec
Elizabeth DochertyMontrealQC
Julia MaisTorontoOntario
Pantea JafariTorontoOntario
Nathalie Ricard\Université LavalQuébecQuébec
Karina ThompsonTorontoOntario
Tariq Dawwaswindsorontario
Chaudhary Law OfficeTorontoOntario
Alan BeaudoinWindsorON
Barbara BambigerVictoriaBC
MP Joe Poschisolido (Steveston-Richmond East)RichmondBC
Councillor Heather Deal, Deputy Mayor of VancouverVancouverBC
MP Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East)VancouverBC
John LissTorontoON
Ontario Public Service Employees UnionTorontoOntario