As an organization dedicated to the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families, we are devastated about the attack in London, Ontario, this past Sunday that targeted a Muslim family because of their faith. We are united with our members in condemning this hateful act of violence and Islamophobia. We stand in solidarity with Muslim communities across Ontario.
No one should be subject to violence or live in fear because of their identity. As we stated recently, we are allies with those who want peace and safety for all. Hate and discrimination have no place in our province or country.
It is our collective responsibility to keep our friends, family, and neighbours safe. If you witness an act of discrimination or hate, please contact your local police immediately. In an emergency, your first call should be to 911.
We understand that these events are traumatizing. We encourage anyone who may need additional support at this time to reach out to the services available in their community. We are also encouraging our members to connect with the Muslim children, youth, and families they serve, as well as their staff, to lend their support during this difficult time.
For Muslim youth who may need help today or in the days ahead, the Naseeha Helpline is available seven days a week from 12 PM to 12 AM (EST). As well, a list of distress centres can be found here and the Muslim Association of Canada has chapters across the country, including one in London. A number of additional crisis lines and mental health resources can be found here.