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.

Contact

Department of Religious Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000