What you need to know
January 29 is designated as the Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia in Vancouver.
In 2020, Mayor and Council passed a motion that the Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia would become one of Vancouver’s official observances.
This year, on the Day or Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia, we commemorate the 4th anniversary of the Quebec shootings where a white gunman entered the Islamic Cultural Centre mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslim worshipers. By the time the shooting had ended, six people had been tragically killed and 19 more were injured.
Muslim communities around the world, across Canada, and in Vancouver were, and continue to be, affected by this and other acts of hate, racism, and anti-Muslim sentiment.
This day serves as an official commemoration of the victims (and their families), and to promote awareness and education about anti-Muslim hatred.
It is more important than ever that the lessons learned from this senseless act of violence remain at the forefront of the public consciousness so they are never repeated.
A powerful reminder of good moral and social conduct is the 11th century poem “Bani Adam”, that adorns the wall of the United Nations in New York City:
All human beings / are members / of one frame,
Since all, at first, / from the same essence / came.
When time afflicts / a limb with pain
The other limbs / at rest / cannot remain.
If thou feel not / for other’s misery
A human being / is no name for thee.
For more information on Islamophobia and the Quebec City Massacre, and the steps we have taken and will be taking in advancing reconciliation, anti-racism, and equity work on anti-racism, visit the following sites: