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October is Islamic Heritage Month

October 13, 2021

The month of October is Islamic Heritage Month, which was officially established by the Canadian government in 2007. Islamic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to learn about the rich history of Islam, the vast diversity within Islam, and to break down stereotypes and beliefs that interrupt our goals of inclusion.

Islamophobia in Canada

Islamophobia is defined as the fear, hatred and prejudice toward Muslims and Islam more generally. Islamophobia leads to violence and a general lack of safety for people who are or who are perceived to be Muslim. Islamophobia and racism often intersect and can be experienced differently by people who have been targeted. Attacks on Islamic places of worship often occur when there is a rise of anti-Islamic sentiment in society.

It is important to continuously question stereotypes that depict Islam in a negative light. These ideologies are often used to justify the maltreatment or exclusion of Muslims. As an organization, one step we can take is to educate ourselves on Islam and the vast diverse people who are Muslim. You can start by checking out the resources below.

Learn More About Islam!

If you have any feedback, questions or comments please contact Malissa or Joy with the Workplace Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team at [email protected] or [email protected].

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