On Jan. 29, 2017, a gunman entered a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslim Canadians during a prayer service. Six worshippers were killed and 19 were injured.

We will always remember Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzedine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti, and Khaled Belkacemi.

The shooter expressed anti-Muslim, and white nationalist views and admitted to police that political anti-Muslim rhetoric had influenced his actions.

Statistics Canada has reported a disturbing rise in hate crimes against racial, ethnic or religious groups—particularly Muslims—over the past 4 years.

The recent attempted insurrection at the US Capitol, where participants expressed Islamophobic and anti-Semitic sentiments, highlights the persistence of hate and the scale of the challenge that remains before us.

In response to the #RememberJanuary29 Campaign, the Canadian federal government recently announced January 29 as a day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia.

CUPE Ontario joins community partners in recognizing this day and standing with our Muslim siblings against the rising tide of hate in our workplaces and in our communities.