Addressing Islamophobia in NL
Addressing Islamophobia in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) engages the community to respond to Islamophobia and xenophobic discrimination.
The goal of the project: is to increase local knowledge about countering Islamophobia and xenophobic discrimination, and to foster the development of community-wide anti-Islamophobia strategies.
We understand Islamophobia as: a fear and/or hatred of Islam and Muslims (and those perceived as Muslim) that translates into everyday individual, ideological, systemic and intersectional forms of xenophobia and racism.
We advocate for: an understanding of Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism and discrimination because Islamophobia cannot be understood and defined outside of racism and processes of racialization.
Lastly, although we highlight Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism and discrimination, these cannot be understood as operating separately from colonialism, anti-Semitism, religious and cultural discrimination, and other forms of intersectional oppression.
Our primary objectives are:
- To improve local knowledge about national and global strategies to respond to Islamophobia, racisms, and xenophobic discrimination.
- To develop collaborative relationships among organizations and groups already engaged in working with, and in support of, Muslim and other local racialized communities.
- To plan, coordinate, and deliver anti-Islamophobia workshops in our conference September 22-23, 2018.
- To advance conversations about Islamophobia with the goal to support equity, fairness and inclusion in NL.
- To advance provincial recommendations that addresses discrimination and strategizes tools of inclusion for NL service providers.
Please see our Community Report and Provincial Recommendations, launched September 23, 2019, here.