“144 anti-Muslim hate crimes reported to police in 2021, report says
If you are a Canadian Muslim, you may have faced discrimination on a regular basis. This is the conclusion reached by a recent report called Combatting Hate: Islamophobia and Its Impact on Muslims in Canada, which was released on Nov. 2 and prepared by eight Canadian senators.
What’s in the report?
According to the report, “urgent action” by the federal government is needed to stop the trend of discrimination against Muslims. The report also includes testimonies that reveal:
– More Muslims were killed in targeted hate attacks in Canada than any other G7 country between 2016 and 2021, according to the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM).
– Muslim women are the most targeted for violence and intimidation, according to Kashif Ahmed, board chairman of the NCCM.
– One in four Canadians don’t trust Muslims, according to a national survey of 1,500 Canadians by Maple Lodge Farms.
What are the recommendations?
To address these issues, the committee made 13 recommendations, including the launch of a multimedia campaign and educational resources on Islamophobia that can be incorporated into classrooms, providing additional money to address hate-motivated crimes, and increasing specific Criminal Code charges for hate-motivated crimes.
What can we do?
In May 2022, CBC Kids News published a video about anti-Muslim hate, marking one year after four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, were killed in a targeted attack.
Watch the video to understand what Islamophobia is and some of what’s being done to address it in Canada. And share your experiences and opinions in the form to fight back against hatred and discrimination.
The report and the subsequent discussions around it bring crucial attention to the discrimination faced by Muslim Canadians. The deeply ingrained nature of these issues and the urgency for change to protect and value the Muslim community in Canada cannot be underestimated. In order to move forward and create an inclusive society, it is important to recognize and address these challenges as a nation.”