January 29, 2018 marked the 1-year anniversary of the Quebec City Mosque Shooting. CAWI, along with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), Somali Women’s Circle Network (SWCN) and DawaNet, co-sponsored a remembrance in honour of the victims and their families.
Over 300 people participated throughout the day, which consisted of; a memorial display, where Ottawa residents wrote messages to victim’s families, a vigil in front of the Human Rights Monument, a series of speakers, and the screening of the documentary by DawaNet titled “Your Last Walk in the Mosque”.
Together, we were able to achieve many things:
- Mayor Jim Watson’s Proclamation of January 29th as a Day of Remembrance Against Hate and Bigotry and his sending of a letter to the Premier and Prime Minister calling on them to declare a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia
- Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, along with 6 City Councillors, 2 MPP’s and 14 MP’s attended to show their support
- Partnerships were strengthened and we as a community took a meaningful step in addressing Islamophobia
Next step: Write to the Prime Minister and your MP to ask that Jan 29th be declared a National Day of Remembrance and Action against Islamophobia.
We thank Status of Women Canada, Ottawa Community Foundation, CUPE and UNIFOR Local 2025 for financial support to make this possible.