We are deeply saddened to learn of the vicious attacks on a Muslim family in London, Ontario on Sunday. Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to the families, extended families, community, and all those who may be impacted directly and indirectly during this difficult time.
This senseless act once again reminds of the xenophobia, islamophobia, racism and discrimination that continues to plague our society. What we are seeing have been longstanding issues that have impacted communities for many years. No one should have to experience hate, violence or fear or because of their identity, and we condemn acts of hatred that have been committed against the Muslim community. There is no place for hatred within Canada.
Our thoughts remain with the surviving family members of the attack, the family, and broader community. We recognize that the impacts of this attack are deep, far reaching, and will impact members of the Muslim community for a long time. There may be feelings anger, grief, sorrow, and many other emotions associated with this attack as well. It may be a difficult time for Muslim staff, families, youth and children and we acknowledge the weight of this challenging time.
In the coming days and weeks as the healing begins, let those of us who are aspiring allies work intentionally and meaningfully to identify, speak out and expose all forms of inequities in our work, our circles, and in our spaces. As an organization we will continue to work together to address systemic racism and hate in support of our community’s families, children and youth.