The BCTF is shocked and
deeply saddened by the news of the hate-motivated attack on a London, Ontario
family that has left four dead and a child seriously injured.
“We join our Muslim members
and the broader Canadian Muslim community in mourning this profound and
senseless loss,” said Teri Mooring, BCTF President. “We must reject hate and
stand united in the fight against Islamophobia and domestic terrorism.”
Canadians have witnessed an
increase in hate crimes against members of the Muslim community in recent
years, including vandalism of mosques, physical and verbal attacks, and a 2017
shooting of a mosque in Quebec that killed six.
“As teachers and caring
professionals, in the devastating wake of these murders we must speak the truth
of what happened and denounce Islamophobia and racism in all forms,” Mooring
said. “Our Muslim colleagues and students are grieving, and many are scared for
their own safety. It’s important for us all to take the time to reach out and let
them know that they are welcome, loved, and safe in our schools.”
The BCTF has a large
collection of anti-Islamophobia resources to support these conversations in
classrooms, at home, and in our communities. Please visit https://www.bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=39278.