Five years ago, on January 29, 2017, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City was subjected to a tragic, hateful and Islamophobic crime. A gunman entered the place of worship and opened fire on the worshipers, killing 6 men and injuring many more. This horrific attack continues to shake many hearts and bring deep sadness within our school communities.
As we approach January 29, it is important for us to be mindful that this time can be increasingly difficult for Muslim staff, students and families. School communities are encouraged to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia with trauma informed conversations and classroom learning.
We encourage every class to participate in the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ (NCCM) Green Square Campaign. The Green Square Campaign takes place in the week leading up to January 29, every year to remember the victims and survivors of the Quebec City mosque attack.
Let’s stand up against all forms of hate and create safe and inclusive school climates for all students, staff and families!
For more information, please contact seconded staff member, Aasiyah Khan from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, at firstname.lastname@example.org.