Canadians need to start speaking openly and publicly about racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia. That was one of the messages arising out of a press conference today by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.
B.C.’s Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline is calling the recent attack at a Quebec City mosque, which left six dead, a “despicable act of terrorism.”
It’s been six months since Canada’s first Islamophobia hotline was launched right here in BC. The people who helped set up the service say it’s been useful in filling a void.
A new hotline is being launched in Vancouver as a response to an increase in the number of racial and faith based attacks against Muslims in Canada. The hotline is to support people who experience discrimination or fear of violence because of their association to Islam.