A group of Muslim youth in Canada spent their Saturday at a workshop learning about Islamophobia and using media to counter it. The event was organized by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) to help the youth push back against negative stereotypes.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A group of Muslim youth in Canada spent their Saturday at a workshop learning about Islamophobia and using media to counter it. The event was organized by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) to help the youth push back against negative stereotypes.
Co-president of Muslim and Arabs for a Secular Quebec Haroun Bouazzi was invited to speak at the workshop.
He's been vocal in the media for several years addressing issues of Islamophobia.
Bouazzi says he receives thousands of hateful messages online, including death threats. "I went three times to the police for very specific and clear death threats like, you know, 'a bullet between your eyes' or people who would like to stone me to death or hang me."
"And in all these cases, so far, no one has been convicted of any crime."
Reacting to Trump's election, many say they're concerned Donald Trump's victory in the recent U.S. presidential election could re-kindle identity politics north of the border.
"Our politics are echoing a lot of the same hate and the same troubling ideas, whether it's Kelly Leitch's discussions of wanting to one-on-one interview all immigrants, to ensure everyone has Canadian values," said Bahubeshi.
From its side, a High School Science Teacher and second generation Canadian Nadia Naqvi, says she chooses to stay positive, and embody the change she wants to see.
"I use my tools as a mom, as a teacher, as a productive member of society who wants to move forward and continue to live in Canada that is my home — not make it my home, it is my home."
It is noteworthy that the NCCM is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights & civil liberties of Canadian Muslims (and by extension of all Canadians), promoting their public interests, building mutual understanding and challenging Islamophobia and other forms of xenophobia.