One Year Later: Islamophobia & the Quebec Mosque Shooting

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From 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm

East Common Room, Hart House - 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

Multi-Faith Centre University of Toronto and Muslim Students' Association at the University of Toronto / [email protected]

On January 29th, 2017, six Muslim men Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzeddine Soufiane, Boubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, and Mamadou Tanou Barry, were brutally murdered by Alexandre Bissonnette as they stood in prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. 19 others suffered from non-fatal injuries as a result of the shooting. 

We invite both Muslims and non-Muslims to join us at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 in the East Common Room at Hart House to pray and grieve for the victims, and to extend solidarity and support to the survivors, their families, and their community. We welcome and encourage all students, staff, faculty, community members and leaders, especially those who are Muslim, to hold each other in kindness, to pray, to grieve, and to be engaged in solidarity with each other.

This short prayer will be followed by a panel discussion to reflect upon the evolution of Islamophobia in Canada over the past year, to challenge the “lone-wolf” and “hate crime” narratives that are conveniently granted to Bissonnette and other white supremacist attackers who target vulnerable communities, and to highlight the role of the Canadian state in perpetuating Islamophobia within Canadian borders and abroad. 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Syed Hussan, a researcher, writer and campaigner based in Toronto. He organizes as part of and alongside migrant and undocumented communities, including those targeted by the national security state, with organizations including No One is Illegal and the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change. Hussan has organized extensively in Toronto and beyond to commemorate the massacre of January 29th. 

Gilary Massa is a proud Afro-Latina Muslim with a long standing history in community activism. She has been an active member of student and labour movements for over a decade.
In 2016, she joined NCCM as its GTA-based Advocacy Coordinator where she will work to create spaces for communities to unite for social justice and to promote civic engagement. Gilary graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science from York University in 2009

Azeezah Kanji is a legal analyst and writer based in Toronto. She received her Juris Doctor from University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, and Masters of Law specializing in Islamic Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK). Azeezah is Director of Programming at Noor Cultural Centre, a Muslim religious, educational, and cultural institution in Toronto. She is also a regular opinion writer for the Toronto Star, focusing on issues related to law, Islamophobia, national security, and human rights.

Imam Yasin Dwyer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Jamaican parents. Before joining Muslim Chaplaincy at Ryerson University, He was a part of the multi-faith chaplaincy team at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He has lectured extensively on topics such as spirituality and the arts, Black Canadian culture and the history of Muslims in the West. Along with working alongside many non-profit organizations in Canada, Imam Yasin was the first full-time Muslim chaplain to work with the Correctional Service of Canada, a position he held for 12 years. He is also a board member of the Montreal based Institut Route de la Soie/Silk Road Institute, which is dedicated to expressing Canadian Muslim narratives through the visual, auditory and performing arts.

Lucy El-Sherif is an Arab Muslim immigrant to the settler state of Canada. She researches themes of citizenship, unbelonging, and interlocking oppression. Specifically, Lucy examines how normative and non-normative citizenship are learned, and how Muslim Canadians engage with Indigeneity in Canada in the context of a precarious belonging and citizenship. Lucy is a Ph.D. candidate at OISE, University of Toronto

ASL interpretation and light food will be provided

Cost: Free

This event is organized by the Muslim Students' Association and the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto, with special support from Hart House.

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