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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
Elementary Teachers of TorontoTorontoOntario
John CrunkletonTorontoOntario
Matthew DaviesTorontoOntario
Geetha PadasseryBrown Jr PSToronto
Gisela Klein/ ETTTorontoOntario
Dina El-ShimyCanadaMississauga, Ontaril
Bayan yammout18 hutton aveToronto
Agnes Easton/Toronto District School BoardTorontoOntario
Nancy CarsonTorontoOntario
Ghasem Ahmadzadeh/ TDSBTorontoON - Ontario
Rose CedenoTorontoOntario
Bruce DixonTorontoON
Barbara GlendayEtobicokeOntario
Voegeli Juste-ConstantBramptonOntario
Yusuf GulamhuseinTorontoOntario
Maha SroujianNewmarketOntario
Jocelynn yangTorontoOntario
Ronda RindoneTorontoON
Mary Catherine Doyle Church of St. Mary Magdalene, AnglicanTorontoON
Jean Hackney/TDSBTorontoOnt
Nancy MissihaTorontoON
Kelly DymentTorontoOntario
Maaja WentzTorontoOntario
Vicki O'DonnellTorontoOntario
Loren Mancon - TDSBPickeringOntario
Arbor Glen PstorontoOntario
Kareen Climenhagatorontoontario
Julian Abdullah WaisDollard-des-OrmeauxQuebec
Elementary Teachers of TorontoTorontoOntario
Afghans United for JusticeTorontoOntario
Honour McMillanDeltaBritish Columbia
Cindy McCallum MillerCastlegarBC
Paula DouglassTorontoON
New/ModeVancouverBritish Columbia
Nick MarcheseTorontoOntartio
Paul StewartVancouverBC
Mehdi ESSEBBARMontréalQuébéc
Kamil Buttcalgaryab
Kelly PleauFrederictonNB
Ali Hassan ZaidiWaterlooOntario
Sameer ZuberiMontrealQuebec
Federation of Calgary CommunitiesCalgaryAlberta
Jovita DiasCalgaryAlberta
Ihekuna MichaelCalgaryAlberta
Lori WinderCalgaryAB
Carrie YapCalgaryAlberta
Joobin TahouriCanadaAlberta
Rebecca DakinCalgaryAlberta
Paul MeunierCalgaryAlberta
Vanessa PurdieKanataON
Rana AbdelhalimOttawaON
Tasnim AbdallaNepeanON
Zainab BadawyOttawaON
Abdel Aziz Abdel WahidOttawaON
Billel BemelmiliOttawaON
Murtaza JalaliOttawaON
Ahmed Abderaouf BoudeldjaOttawaON
Rania BouteldjaQuebecON
Pras JeyKanataON
Amritbal KaurOttawaON
Sukhwinder KaurOttawaON
Hammoud YoussefOttawaON
Megan Leanne BrantBellevilleON
Parrish EversNepeanON
Malik EkhdouraKanataON
Awa MbodjeGatineauQC
Sajjad EbrahimTorontoOntario
NaazminVancouverRichmond bc
sahar bachamississaugaontario
Maliha AhmedHoldsworth Crescent, MiltonOntario
Khalid KarimTorontoOntario
A ntonia HernandezMontrealQuebec
Kristina NgQuebecQuebec
Halifax Presbytery of The United Church of CanadaHalifaxNova Scotia
Abu Noman Tarek, Imam, Muslim Association of Brantford, ONBrantfordOntario
Dr. Sobia Shaheen Shaikh, School of Social Work @ Memorial University, Anti-Racism Coalition of Newfoundland & LabradorSt. John'sNewfoundland & Labrador
Dr. Sobia Shaheen Shaikh, School of Social Work @ Memorial UniversitySt. John'sNewfoundland & Labrador
Anti-Racism Coalition of Newfoundland & LabradorSt. John'sNewfoundland & Labrador
Gulamabbas SikiladhaWaterlooOntario
Lesley Ann KingSmall PointNL
Nadeem AhmedAjaxOntario
North London Islamic CentreLondonON
James CavalluzzoVancouverBritish Columbia
Ontario Public Service Employees UnionTorontoOntario