July 23. 2021 NCCM National Council of Canadian Muslims released their recommendation & demands. The goal seems to be to enshrine Islamophobia into the Canadian culture as well as increase funding to Islamic organizations.
Our recommendations are clear. At the level of the federal government we need to see a commitment to enshrine the fight against Islamophobia within government. Right now there are essentially no specific resources or strategy specifically around addressing Islamophobia. Even as the federal government commits to the need to combating Islamophobia through the creation of a special office of a special envoy on Islamophobia through investment under a specific ant-Islamophobia strategy, into public messaging and supporting storytelling initiatives amongst numerous other changes. We suggest in our recommendations that the federal government can and has to commit to the fight against Islamophobia. Simultaneously the federal government needs to commit to fighting Islamophobia at the systemic level within government. looking at profiling at the CRA of Muslim-led charities or how national security agencies have continued to profile Canadian Muslims and other racialized minorities while ignoring the threat, and missing the threat in many ways, of white supremacist groups. We call on the federal government today towards taking action on dismantling systemic Islamophobia within our institutions. At the provincial level we have a range of recommendations from looking at every province including this one. Committing to an anti-Islamophobia strategy and education, to provincial hate crime accountability units, to looking at the ways to stop violent white supremacist rallies in our provinces. At the municipal level we believe that the key path forward is recognizing and celebrating the path forward. And we have brought forward a number of recommendations around that. We need to see action and we need to see it now. Governments attending the summit must know that we want more than their attendance. We want to see their commitment to timelines. As we see daily attacks against our community members, and since London, much more needs to be done and it needs to be done now. At the end of the day this is about choices. Do we choose to merely speak, to merely have words, of consolation and consternation or do we choose to act? Thank you.