OTTAWA (ON), January 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Five years ago, a heinous attack shook the city of Quebec, an attack motivated by hatred. Six followers of the Islamic Cultural Center were killed and 19 others were injured. The Muslim community – and all of Canada – mourned this terrible loss. Today we remember the victims of the attack and those who lost loved ones.

We also renew our commitment to act against Islamophobia and all forms of hatred. Prejudice has its roots in fear – the fear of someone different, who has different beliefs, speaks a different language, has a different dress or skin color.

But in our differences, in our diversity, we find our strength as a country. Ajuinnata is an Inuktitut word that means never give up and take action. With this in mind, we can act together to build a better, more inclusive Canada for the next generation.

And so, let’s share stories to promote understanding and empathy. And let us always fight for a world where Islamophobia and all forms of discrimination are no longer part of our lived reality.

Mary Simon

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