January 29, 2023
National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers lost their lives at a Québec City mosque. Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzedine Soufiane, and Aboubaker Thabti were fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and community members.

This year will mark the sixth anniversary of that tragic night that changed our country – and the second National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia.

January 29 serves as a reminder of the work we must do to eradicate Islamophobia, hate and racism in Canada. Learn more below about ways you can support.

Wear a Green Square

The Green Square Campaign is an NCCM initiative that takes place in the week leading up to January 29th every year to remember?the victims and survivors of the Quebec City mosque attack. The campaign encourages Canada to wear a patch of green fabric from January 25 to January 29 in solidarity with the victims and survivors. ?The green square represents the green carpets of the Quebec City mosque, where the victims last stood to pray. Learn more here.

Stop the Hate Campaign

Support UFCW Canada’s #StoptheHate campaign. One of the actions in this campaign calls on the federal government to use an inter-ministerial and inter-jurisdictional approach to support the work of the Anti-Racism Secretariat in combatting Islamophobia and intersecting oppression. Sign the petition now at www.ufcw.ca/stopthehate.

Anti-Islamophobia Resources

In the workplace, this day of remembrance is also an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with UFCW Canada Anti-Islamophobia resources, created in partnership with the NCCM:

My Rights To Religious Accommodation at Work – Action Card #1

Tips on Requesting Religious Accommodations – Action Card #2

Tips on Handling Discrimination / Harassment at Work – Action Card #3

Challenging Islamophobia Through Bystander Intervention – Action Card #4

Challenge Islamophobia – Observing Ramadan – Action Card #5

Challenge Islamophobia – The Importance of Praying at Work and Ablution – Action Card #6

Challenge Islamophobia – Greetings and the Muslim Faith – Action Card #7

Challenging Islamophobia – Why Time Off For Eid is Important – Action Card #8

On this date, and everyday let us continue to support organizations leading this fight and continue to affirm our solidarity with Muslim communities across Canada.

To find out more about UFCW Canada’s Social Justice work, click here.