NDP introduces bill to establish October an Islamic heritage month in Ontario
NDP Citizenship and Immigration Critic, MPP Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe) introduced on September 26, 2016 a bill in the legislature to establish October as Islamic Heritage Month in Ontario, “as part of the NDP’s plan to fight islamophobia.”
Armstrongs aid her bill will bring the provincial government in line with the Federal government, and local school boards, who already recognize October as Islamic Heritage Month. She further explained:
“New Democrats recognize that increasing islamophobia is a reality in Ontario, and through this bill we are taking action to fight it through education and engagement.
“The provincial government can help support the fight against ignorance and hatredby promoting dialogue, conversation, questions, and knowledge about Ontario’s Islamic heritage. Everyone deserves to feel safe and accepted for who they are in our province.”
“Islamic Heritage Month is about bringing Ontarians together by learning about the many contributions that Canadians of Islamic Heritage have made to our province, and how today, we are living, working, and studying side by side to build a stronger and more prosperous community and province, together.”
Bill 23 – An Act to proclaim the month of October Islamic Heritage Month
Muslims have been contributing to all aspect of Ontario’s prosperity and diverse heritage for generations.
Islamic history and culture encompasses a broad range of individual and collective experiences, as well as important contributions to literature, math, science, art and history.
In 2007 the Government of Canada declared the month of October in each year as Canadian Islamic History Month.
The Province of Ontario recognizes and wishes to affirm the important contributions that Muslims make in Ontario as part of the vibrant social, economic, political and cultural fabric of our province.
Proclaiming a month to be Islamic Heritage Month in Ontario will provide all Ontarians, both today and in future generations, with an opportunity
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