FACL BC Statement on the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia
January 29, 2022
Today, FACL BC observes the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia.
Five years ago on this day, Alexandre Bissonnette walked into the Quebec City Mosque and murdered six Muslim men while they prayed. Nineteen others were injured and one of those injured was left paralyzed. The loss to their families and community is tremendous.
On this day, we honour the lives of the men who were lost in this heinous act of violence and Islamophobia. FACL BC also honours the lives of the four members of a Pakistani-Canadian Muslim family who were killed while out walking in London, Ontario, in June of 2021. We stand against the racism and fear perpetuated against Muslims.
FACL BC invites you to take a moment of silence to remember these victims and all victims of hatred:
- Ibrahima Barry
- Mamadou Barry
- Khaled Belkacemi
- Aboubaker Thabti
- Abdelkrim Hassane
- Azzedine Soufiane
The National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia acts as a reminder that Muslim people and those perceived to be Muslim continue to face discrimination and the threat of violence. However, for those who face discrimination, no such reminder is needed.
We encourage allies and those within the legal community to learn about Islamophobia and the actions we can take to combat this issue.
FACL BC is an official sponsor of the Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline, a free and confidential hotline aimed at providing legal assistance to anyone who has been a victim of Islamophobia.