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Addressing Islamophobia

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) welcomes many students who identify as Muslim and we welcome them knowing they further enrich our school communities. Furthermore, the Catholic Church honours the shared history between Christianity and Islam, as Abrahamic faith traditions, and makes effort to engage in dialogue for learning and collaboration.

Given the rise of Islamophobia, it is important we act in solidarity with Muslim community to break down the negative stereotypes and discrimination that exist. As Catholics, it is essential that we reach out to our Muslim students and their families, showing pastoral care and support.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. - Romans 12:15-16

What is Islamophobia?

Islamophobia - noun - the unfounded or irrational fear and or hatred of Islam or Muslims, leading to violence and systemic discrimination  

As indicated in the Global News article, “Since 9/11, Islamophobia has been a constant feature in Canada​”:

The mid-2010s also saw some of the worst attacks on Muslims and their places of worship in Canada’s history: the attack on Muslim students at Queen’s University in 2014; the Peterborough, Ont., mosque arson in 2015. It all culminated in the 2017 shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City, where six Muslims were killed and 19 more were injured… The sustained level of anti-Muslim crimes was brought into stark relief this past June, when four family members — including a 15-year-old daughter — were hit by a truck in London, Ont. Police later said the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith. (Sept. 10, 2021)

Resources to Address Islamophobia

The following resources are provided to promote awareness of Islamophobia so that we can effectively address it in our communities.


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