Canada Assigned Its First Ambassador To Stand Against Islamophobia

Canada on Thursday named its first-ever special envoy to combat Islamophobia in response to numerous recent acts of violence against Muslims.

Following multiple recent attacks on Muslims, Canada on Thursday designated its first-ever special ambassador to combat Islamophobia.

According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, journalist and activist Amira Elghawaby will take up the position to “serve as a champion, advisor, expert, and representative to support and enhance the federal government’s efforts in the fight against Islamophobia, systemic racism, racial discrimination, and religious intolerance.”

Elghawaby, a proponent of human rights who spent more than ten years at public broadcaster CBC, is currently the director of communications for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and a columnist for the Toronto Star newspaper.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed Elghawaby’s appointment as a significant milestone in our battle against Islamophobia and intolerance in all its forms.

“Diversity is undoubtedly one of Canada’s greatest assets, but many Muslims are all too familiar with Islamophobia,” the official continued.

The Muslim community in Canada has been the subject of a string of horrific attacks over the past few years.

In London, Ontario, a man ran over four Muslim family members with his truck in June 2021, resulting in their deaths.

Six Muslims lost their lives and five others were hurt in an attack on a mosque in Quebec City four years prior.

Elghawaby recounted the names of those slain in the recent attacks in a series of tweets he sent out on Thursday, concluding, “We must never forget.”

A national meeting against Islamophobia held by the central government in June 2021 in reaction to the attacks proposed the creation of the new position.

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