Muslims in Canada
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Acceptance and Belonging

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The debate about terrorism and extremism is ultimately only about a tiny number of people. Yet underneath all of these debates are the lives and experiences of many Canadians. In the aftermath of almost fifteen years of the “war on terror” do Muslim Canadians feel they belong and are accepted in Canada? If so, why? If not, what can be done. Would an understanding about the success of mutual accommodation in other areas of Canadian history help here? Are there lessons to be learned, for... read more
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Professor of Sociology, Trent University
My academic work focuses on the difficulties and pathways for LGBT Muslims to be accepted both by the mainstream LGBT community and the mainstream Muslim community. This is a very specific example of the broader question of belonging and acceptance in our multicultural, multi-difference world. This broader issue has two major dimensions and the first is whether dominant norms exist, both as culture and identity, and how that impacts the abilities of minorities to have their experiences taken... read more
Communications Director, The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)
I’ve always felt that I belonged to Canada. But I haven’t always felt accepted. Why is there this disconnect and what does it mean when Canadians, or newly arrived immigrants and refugees, feel marginalized or discriminated against by their fellow citizens? What does exclusion mean for our Indigenous brothers and sisters - the original inhabitants of this beautiful land? As we commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, it’s important for us to explore these questions. Our sense of belonging... read more

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Survey of Muslims in Canada 2016
Added: August 8, 2016 • Author: Keith Neuman, Ph.D. The Environics Institute for Survey Research • 0 DR
New charter to help Muslim residents feel safer in Waterloo region
Published: November 23, 2016 • • 0 DR
Canadian anti-Muslim sentiment is rising, disturbing new poll reveals
Added: December 6, 2016 • Author: John Geddes • 0 DR
L’interculturalisme québécois dans le contexte du multiculturalisme canadien
Added: December 6, 2016 • Author: François Rocher et Bob W. White • 0 DR
Are Muslims discriminated against in Canada Since September 2001?
Added: January 9, 2017 • Author: Denise Helly • 0 DR
The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration
Added: January 9, 2017 • Author: Abdolmohammad Kazemipur • 0 DR
A Multicultural Ideal, and a Difficult Reality
Published: February 3, 2017 • • 0 DR
Added: February 6, 2017 • Author: Gérard Bouchard • 0 DR
Quebec mosque shooting shows need for dialogue, not rhetoric
Published: February 9, 2017 • • 0 DR
Talking ‘Islamophobia’ with Liberal MP Joël Lightbound
Published: February 19, 2017 • • 0 DR
Ontario PC leader says he’ll support anti-Islamophobia motion
Published: February 21, 2017 • • 0 DR
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Mutual Accommodation: A Better Way of Doing Things?

Let’s discuss one of the most profound facets of the Canadian experience – mutual accommodation. At key moments in Canada’s past, the need to accommodate difference – between Canadians, with our neighbours, and with our northern geography – has...

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Poll Results
How can we reduce Islamophobia in Canada?
A: Promote positive media representation 0%
B: Challenge stereotypes 11%
C: Educate public about Islam 0%
D: All of the above 89%


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