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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
Sarah Brophy, Professor, McMaster UniversityHamiltonON
Rae SpoonVictoriaBritish Columbia
Leah PerrinDartmouthNova Scotia
Chris MurdochHalifaxNova Scotia
Mark CoffinHalifaxNS
Andrew ChandlerHalifaxNova Scotia
Jordan SheridanHamilotnON
Michael BerriganCharlottetownPEI
Julie McGonegalBarrieOntario
Krys HinesTorontoOntario
Charlie WilliamsTorontoOntario
Shawn DugganHalifaxNova Scotia
Geoff TobinDartmouthNS
Amy RubinBear RiverNS
Meredith EvansTorontoOntario
Kate ReddingNova ScotiaHalifax
Kasim HusainHamiltonON
Jillian StaggTorontoOntario
Asha JeffersTorontoOntario
Adam KuhnTorontoOntario
Gary BoireBridgenorthOntario
Aisha MalikVancouverBC
Nisha EswaranTorontoON
Rashida MalikVictoriaBC
Kate BrayHalifaxNova Scotia
Alana ProchukVancouverBritish Columbia
Christina Baade, Associate Professor, Dept. of Comm. Studies and Multimedia/McMaster UniversityHamiltonON
Tonya DavidsonTorontoOntario
Jessica RavenOttawaOntario
Eric SchneiderVancouverBC
Erin KeatingWinnipegManitoba
Erin JulianHamiltonOntario
Brianna BuschHamiltonON
Kathleen JennexDartmouthNova Scotia
Candace PattisonLangleyBc
Shaukat HusainVictoriaB.C
Carolyn VeldstraHamiltonON
John WeierWinnipegManitoba
Janet VachonHamiltonOntario
Alex CameronRichmondBC
Jennifer LaforceWinnipegManitoba
Vinh NguyenTorontoON
Sarah CooneySaskatoonSaskatchewan
Ian RidewoodCalgaryAB
Lindsay YoungTorontoOntario
Dina Davidson RM IBCLCPORT MOODYBC - British Columbi...
Kyle MalashewskiHamiltonON
Chantelle ThauvetteOttawaOntario
Kyle SmithVictoriaBC
Gill EllisVictoriaB.C
Rachel BrittainNewtonvilleON
Nishat ThaverVancouverBC
Julie JohnsonCanadaHamilton
Dr. Erin StylesTorontoOntario
Anne DalzielHalifaxNova Scotia
Alisha MohamedVancouverBC
Denise WilliamsHamiltonON
Lindsay Della MaestraHamiltonOntario
Christine LyonsBurnabyBritish Columbia
Watson SmithAlbertaGrande Prairie
Jill RogersVictoriaBc
Catherine BrunetPetawawaOntario
Sara LaursenKelownaBC
Samantha RupertSudburyON
Madeleine Boyes-ManseauOttawaOntario
Rose WenglenskyKingstonOntario
Stephanie hoflandWaterfordOntario, Canada
Jamie LawsonHamiltonON
Roderick GrantTorontoON
Brenda LeeFrederictonNB
Donna LoweBrandonMB
Candice Ashley PollackFrederictonNew Brunswick
Shauna SutherlandSydneynova Scotia
Sarah PorterVictoriaBritish Columbia
Lauryn Vander MolenFrederictonNew Brunswick
Jennifer WiebeFrederictonNB
Denise HundtKelownaBC
Jennifer ArchibaldHalifaxNova Scotia
Rebecca VanderlindenHamiltonOntario
Katherine ComptonVancouverBritish Columbia
Loralie BoyleFrederictonNew Brunswick
Peter K ZimmermanCalgaryAB
Brenda RaymentVictoria HarbourON
Luke FraserMontrealQc
MichaelKingsclearNew Brunswick
Amanda CampbellHalifaxNova Scotia
Jennifer Durley2 Ridgegate CresToronto
Eugenia Zuroski, McMaster UniversityHamiltonOntario
Kate LucykCalgaryAlberta
Class AfloatLunenburgNova Scotia
Ian YoungMississaugaOntario
Anne RaineCarleton PlaceOntario
Gloria JamesVictoriaBC
Julie DawsonBurlingtonOntario
Randle DeFalco / University of TorontoTorontoON
Scott StonemanDartmouthNS
Lorraine YorkTorontoOntario
Ontario Public Service Employees UnionTorontoOntario