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Olive Tree Foundation announces grant to NCCM and Ottawa Muslim Association

(TORONTO – December 14, 2018): The Olive Tree Foundation has announced that a grant has been awarded to the Ottawa Muslim Association for the project, Know Your Rights, Know Your Responsibilities: A Pocket Guide for Canadian Muslims.” The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) will develop the project in partnership with the Ottawa Muslim Association. The Know Your Rights Video Series project is a visualization of parts of the NCCM’s forthcoming publication, Know Your Rights, Know Your Responsibilities: A Pocket Guide for Canadian Muslims. The guide was created to empower Canadian Muslims by addressing gaps in knowledge about their...

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Fellowship of the Rings

By Farhad Khadim “Terror in a Pittsburgh Synagogue. Multiple fatalities. Shooter may be among the dead.” The words came crashing through my iPhone screen leaving a sense of dread that would consume me for the next few hours. How could it happen again? Were there fatalities? How many? Who did it? Why? The questions keep coming with no immediate answers. “Pray that it’s not a Muslim,” someone wrote on a Facebook page. This is how it always is. New York, Orlando, Toronto. The first sentiment after the initial shock is a silent prayer that the perpetrator is not a...

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Olive Tree Foundation awards grant to DEEN Support Services

(TORONTO) – The Olive Tree Foundation has awarded a grant to DEEN Support Services for the project, “Count Us In: Mapping the Needs of Muslims with Disabilities.” The project will help develop a demographic profile of Muslims with disabilities in Ontario in order to raise awareness, plan for and implement appropriate services, not only in the Muslim community, but also in the mainstream. “We are extremely grateful to the Olive Tree Foundation for continuing to believe in our vision of a society that meets the social, cultural and spiritual needs of individuals with disabilities and their families,” says Rabia...

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Hate Crimes Targeting Muslims in Canada Up 151% in 2017

Canada saw an alarming increase in the volume of hate crimes being reported to police with hates crimes targeting Muslims increasing by 151%. Statistics Canada is reporting that in 2017, the most recent year of reporting that the increase was a massive 47% over 2016 and was largely the result of an increase in hate-related property crimes, such as graffiti and vandalism. For the year, police reported 2,073 hate crimes, 664 more than in 2016. Higher numbers were seen across most types of hate crime, with incidents targeting the Muslim, Jewish, and Black populations accounting for most of the national increase. These increases were...

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NCCM calls for National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has sent an open letter to the Canadian government urging them to designate January 29th as a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance. January 29th is the anniversary of the mass shooting in 2017 at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City in which six worshipers were killed and nineteen others injured when a lone gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette, opened fire after the end of evening prayers. “As we approach the second anniversary of the attack, we pause to recognize that the racism and hatred that underpinned this attack do not...

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