World Bulletin / News Desk
Muslim leaders on Wednesday sent a letter to the Canadian Parliament thatt requested the government institute measures to combat Islamophobia.
They also asked that Jan. 29, the day a lone gunman killed six worshipers in a Quebec City mosque, be declared as an annual national day of remembrance.
The request for the recognition of Jan. 29 was in the form of an open letter to Canadian citizens and the government, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
The letter was read by the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims at a news conference on Parliament Hill in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
Ihsaan Gardee first thanked Canadians for their outpouring of sympathy and solidarity following the Jan. 29 killings, which also left 19 others wounded.
He then asked Canadians to take action to curb Islamophobia and listed suggestions for the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.
“How can we work harder to stamp out hate against anyone?” Gardee said, as reported by the CBC.
The Muslim leaders laid out steps, including more money to train police at the community level about how to deal with hate crimes and public annual reviews of hate crimes.
At the provincial level, they suggested the creation of an anti-racism committee to oversee issues of racism and support education campaigns, as well as institute a course on racism to be taught in high school.
At the federal level, the letter called for all members of Parliament to support Motion 103, a bill to study ways of reducing Islamophobia, Global News television reported.
Haroun Bouzzi, co-president of the Association of Muslims and Arabs for a Secular Quebec, said: “We’re not saying Canada or Quebec are racist. But there are racist systems and sexist systems.”
Mohamed Yangui, president of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec said the Muslim community is a victim of ignorance.
“We hope our government follows the recommendations in the open letter, not only for the Muslim community but for all communities,” he said.
Motion 103 is set to be debated in Parliament next week, Global reported.
Eurosceptic party UKIP says election campaign move is not an attack on Muslims, but about integration
Canadian imam receives death threat; Islamic centre set on fire
University of Texas at Dallas police chief calls incident 'very rare and strange'
Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found floating, fully clothed, in the water near uptown Manhattan several hours after she was reported missing from her home in Harlem.
A Birmingham mosque gave the right answer back to the “hatred and division” of an English Defence League rally by hosting a “best of British” tea party
If we want to leave a better world for our children, we must leave our fears about Muslims aside: Kristina Palten
Austria, a nation of 8.7 million people, has received more than 130,000 asylum applications since 2015 following the onset of the European Union's biggest migration crisis since World War II.
Islamophobic incidents rose 62 percent in 2016 compared to previous year, says Muslim group
'Hostility, insecurity and dissonance towards minorities in Europe must be resolved' says Turkish presidential advisor
School board will continue to offer Friday prayers for Muslim students
Education company says staff across country will 'work in Western clothes' following court ruling on hijab
A savvy master of manipulating the media, and with eyes on the Dutch election, Wilders has delighted in tweeting his thoughts direct to supporters.
Is this justice? Judges find workplace rules governing all political and religious clothing is not discriminatory
Muhammad Ali’s son was detained and questioned after meeting with US Congress to discuss a separate airport detention incident last month, a lawyer said
Body overseeing Buddhist clergy says Wirathu delivered hate speech to cause communal strife, hinder efforts in rule of law