MEDIA ADVISORY – January 24. 2019
VANCOUVER — January 29 will mark two years since Alexandre Bissonnette shot and killed six worshippers at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, severely injuring others. The Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline (ILAH) is marking the second anniversary of this event with a community discussion at the Vancouver Public Library on Monday January 28th.
In a climate of escalating violence and bigotry against Muslim communities in Canada, there has been a call to commemorate the day by designating it “National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance”.
“Hate crimes such as this cannot and should not be forgotten”Zool Suleman
“The Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline, along with many civic groups across Canada, urges the Government of Canada to mark this tragic event with a national day of remembrance. Hate crimes such as this cannot and should not be forgotten” states Zool Suleman, a member of ILAH and one of the event organizers.
Admission is free but pre-registration is required for this event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-remembrance-the-quebec-city-mosque-shooting-tickets-54625360925
In Remembrance: The Quebec City Mosque Shooting | Community Discussion
Monday January 28, 2019 at 6pm
Vancouver Public Library – The Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms
Amal Ghazal, Director of Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies (SFU)
Itrath Syed, PhD Candidate, School of Communication, (SFU)
Kashif Ahmed, Chair of the National Council of Canadian Muslims
About the Hotline
The hotline was initiated by a group of lawyers and legal organizations and has been operational in British Columbia since 2016. The goal of the hotline is to provide legal support for people who are being discriminated against for being Muslim or being perceived as Muslim.
Hotline organizers state on the website: “We want those who have suffered from various forms of discrimination or acts of hate because of their faith and/or racial background to know that there are lawyers in BC who are committed to assisting with the difficult task of holding those who commit such acts to account by our legal institutions.”