OTTAWA, July 22, 2021 Government of Canada Concludes National Summit on Islamophobia During the summit, federal ministers, Members of Parliament, and officials from provincial and municipal governments, listened to the lived experiences of Muslim Canadians from across the country. LINK Canada Funding Islamophobia Projects
Attendees identified ways the federal government should work with Muslim communities to implement federal anti-racism initiatives that address Islamophobia and hate-fueled violence.
During the summit, the Government of Canada committed to:
- Engage with Muslim communities on the government’s next Anti-Racism Action Plan, which will be launched when the 2019–2022 Anti-Racism Strategy comes to an end;
- A renewed focus on dedicated resources to support the work within government to combat islamophobia and all forms of hate;
- The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, has requested that the Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson conduct a systemic study to address the concerns of Muslim led charitable organizations; Mosque loses charitable status hate speech.
- Take a whole-of-government approach by working with departments across the government to take further action on these priorities.
Additionally yesterday, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade and Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced funding for 150 projects representing over $6 million
Government of Canada Announces Funding for Anti-Racism Projects Tackling Islamophobia
At the National Summit on Islamophobia, the Government of Canada announced support for eight projects through the Anti-Racism Action Program that address Islamophobia and aim to remove systemic barriers faced by Muslim communities
$184,000 Canadian Arab Institute, The project aims to combat racism and discrimination experienced by Arab-Canadians by creating myth-busting videos and shows.
$75,000 Somali Muslim Hate Crime Summit, The project aims to improve the community’s capacity to address online hate on social media and other cyber domains, and to develop solutions.
$288,387 Urban Alliance on Race Relations , to improve Black and Muslim youth’s access to employment in government
$203,702 The Afghan Women’s Centre, address gaps in social participation and access to employment for Central Asian women in Quebec, primarily from Muslim backgrounds,
$199,000 Al Ihsan Educational Foundation, expansion of the online hate project addressing Islamophobia to also include anti-Asian online hate.
$349,210 Muslim Association of Canada, address systemic barriers to social participation for Muslim youth girls, more specifically in sports by providing them with tools and support to improve their representation.