Islamophobia has no place in Canada

January 28, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

To mark the first annual National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action against Islamophobia, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues the following statement:

Five years ago on January 29, people across Canada were stunned and horrified by the news that six people had been killed and many others hurt in an attack on the Québec Islamic Cultural Centre.

This senseless violence was a deliberate act of hatred and Islamophobia.

As we remember and reflect on this tragic day, we mourn the victims and send our support to those impacted. We stand in solidarity with Muslims in Canada. No one should feel threatened because of who they are or what they believe. Not in Canada, not anywhere.

This year also marks the first time we recognize the National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action against Islamophobia.

National recognition of this day is only a first step towards what needs to be done to fight the hate and intolerance that continues to harm people in Canada. Islamophobia continues to have deadly and devastating consequences for Muslim people and communities.

Hate crimes are a violation of human rights. They threaten our safety, peace and prosperity.

We must all stand up to hatred and to the people who spread it.

Islamophobia has no place in Canada.

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