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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

Youth Panel Event: “Addressing Islamophobia”

Title says Addressing Islamophobia. Date is October 26 2021. Time is 9 to 10 30 AM. This opportunity is open to students in Grades 7 to 12. There is a link to live stream and register.
Event: “Addressing Islamophobia” Youth Panel Event
Date: October 26, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Open To: TCDSB Students from Grades 7-12
How to Register: Registration link (Accessible only with TCDSB account)
Contact: For questions, email the NCC team (

This event aims to address myths and stereotypes associated with Islam through discussion with Muslim youth speakers sharing their thoughts and lived experiences, as well as highlighting the contributions of Islamic Canadians to Canada’s cultural mosaic.

With events such as the Quebec City mosque shooting, the law banning public servants from wearing religious symbols, and the recent attack of the family in London, Ontario, this past summer, it is clear much needs to be done to address racism against Muslims.

Speakers at the event include:

Zoha Sojoudi - Children’s book author and spoken word artist
Dania Ahmed - Coordinator of The Awakening Project
Third Speaker - To be announced

There will be time and an opportunity for Q&A during the livestream broadcast.

To register for the event, please complete the registration form. (You need to be signed into TCDSB account to access the form.)

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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