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.
- June 6, 2021: In London Ontario, the Afzaal family is the target of an attack that killed 4 out of 5 family members
- October 12, 2020: Toronto Police investigate threats being made at a local mosque
- November 14, 2015: A mosque in Peterborough is set on fire
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!
- Watch Myths about Islam
- Watch Hijab & Me
- Read books written by Muslim authors
- Watch Being Muslim In Canada
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].