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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
Amy MacAdamSaint JohnNB
kristen walmsleyvancouverbritish columbia
Nandini ThiyagarajanHamiltonON
Sheila RaffrayEdmontonAlberta
Kristy BrophyHuntsvilleON
Lauren StephenHamiltonOntario
Jocelyn JohnstonOrangevilleOntario
Angie MalloryHamiltonON
Vanessa Crosbie RamsayHamiltonOntario
Tania De GasperisToronto, canadaCanada
Alissa WattHamiltonOntario
Mark SkipperDartmouthNova Scotia
Tsege GebreyohannesHalifaxNova Scotia
Tracey HoeyBurlingtonON
Chelsea ShewanSt. John'sNewfoundland
Philip FakhourieWindsorONtario
Dina Finkelshtein / Faculty of Law, University of WindsorWindsorON
Katie WoottonWindsorON
Planned Parenthood TorontoTorontoOntario
Areez RemtullawindsorOn,
Hannah RenglichTorontoOntario
Sarah RoseCharlottetownPrince Edward Island
Association of Ontario Health CentresTorontoOntario
Egla Martinez, PhD. Professor of Human Rights and Social Justice, IISOttawaOntario
Mark MacRaeTorontoON
Sophia ChalaidopoulosMississaugaOntario
Nadine Attewell, McMaster UniversityTorontoOntario
Libby Jay ChisholmVancouverBC
Reverend Clare Morgan, Anglican Diocese of New WestminsterVancouverBC
Ellen DennyTorontoOntario
J DamsVancouverBC
Pamela IngletonHamiltonOntario
Lucy GudgeonTorontoOntario
Tommy SpenceVancouverBritish Columbia
Haniya MohamedTorontoOntario
James AltonThetis IslandB.C.
Cailin GallingerTorontoOntario
Chandrima ChakrabortyAncasterOntario
Hanna CaplanTorontoOntario
Ron GoldsmithPricevilleOntario
patricia sinclairEdmontonAlberta
Seaway Valley Community Health CentreCornwallON
Overlap AssociatesKitchenerOntario
Merissa Taylor-MeissnerOttawaOntario
Barbara NeuweltOttawaOntario
Dr. Stephen HeardFrederictonNB
Jocelyn SmithHamiltonON
Lynn YangTorontoOntario
Natalia HérouxOttawaOntario
Corinne ImpeyVancouverBC
Seaway Valley Community Health CentreCornwallON
Stephanie HemmerickCornwallON
Renee Picard-CampeauCornwallOntario
All Things Food | Bouffe 360CornwallOntario
Grand Bend Area Community Health CentreGrand BendON
Muharem KianieffWindsorOntario
Gemma SmythWindsorOntario
Nicolas Choquette-LevyCalgaryAB
Ameen Al RohaniLondonON
Islam Care CentreOttawaOntario
Omar MahfoudhiOttawaO
Annette DemersWindsorON
Anne WhitehurstOttawaON
Hilary HenleyWindsorOntario
Workers United Canada CouncilMississaugaOntario
Muhammad3294 Alpaca Avenue, MississaugaOntario
Stonegate Community Health CentreEtobicokeOntario
Judy O'LearyNelsonBC
Zameela ShawOttawaON
Nicole LuinenburgBramptonOntario
Barbara EverdeneVancouverBritish Columbia
Rev. Lynn J. Marsh, Danforth ChurchTorontoOntario
Mohammad ProdhanReginaSK
Ashley AshbeeTorontoOntario
MP Deepak ObhraiCalgaryAlberta
Brian Pincott, City CouncillorCalgaryAlberta
MLA Sandra JansenCalgaryAlberta
United Steelworkers, Local 2010 (Queen's University Staff and Academic Assistants Union)KingstonOntario
Geoff Meggs, Councillor, City of VancouverVancouverBC
Raymond Louie Acting Mayor, City of VancouverVancouverBC
Southminster United ChurchOttawaOntario
Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of VancouverVancouverBC
Susan McMurrayTorontoOntario
Toronto & York Region Labour CouncilTorontoOntario
Katherine DunsterDenman IslandBC
Anne Simpson-PorcoTorontoON
Rajeewa WijesingheVancouverBC
Centre for Social InnovationTorontoON
Rosemary WilliamsonTorontoON
Ayah AbdulahCalgaryAlberta
Noor Abdullah BarahimCalgaryAlberta
Soumeya LalouisCalgaryAlberta
Mukarram Ali ZaidiCalgaryAlberta
AMU Alumni Association CanadaTorontoOntario
Lena HassanOttawaOntario
Christie Neufeldt (The United Church of Canada)TorontoOntario
David Michael SageBrantfordOntario
Serge TittleyThunder BayOntario
Ontario Public Service Employees UnionTorontoOntario