Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

CIC National Capital Branch – Canada and the World: Views From Canadian Muslims

October 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Location:Rideau Room, Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa
Cost:For a list of ticket prices and to register:

The CIC National Capital Branch
Canada and the World: Views From Canadian Muslims

Canadians aspire to values of tolerance, respect for diversity and a smarter, more caring country. Yet we are increasingly aware that populism and anti-immigrant feelings create divisions both in communities around the world and here in Canada. During a recent address to the Harvard Club of Ottawa, Amira Elghawaby spoke powerfully of the need to address the troubling fact that most hate crimes in Canada are committed by youth under the age of 18.

Join our panel of leaders at the forefront of examining how these issues relate to Muslim Canadians. They will help us answer key questions, applicable to other groups facing ethno-cultural discrimination, such as how we could encourage a more inclusive society that will provide a moral compass to our youth, and to others around the world? What initiatives or programs should we be urging to federal, provincial, municipal policymakers? What understanding, awareness and action might we be asking of ourselves?

Amira Elghawaby is a prominent advocate for the human rights and civil liberties of diverse communities. She has worked as communications director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (2012- 2017), leading its media relations, public engagement and strategic communications. A 2001 Carleton University graduate in journalism and law, she has also produced and written for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.

Dr. Monia Mazigh is a civic leader and author of three books (Hope and Despair, 2008 memoir; Mirrors and Mirages, 2014; Hope has Two Daughters, 2017). She has been an academic, teaching at universities including Carleton, and remains a passionate human rights advocate. She battled successfully for the release of her husband Maher Arar, the Ottawa telecommunications engineer who was wrongly deported in 2002 to Syria, imprisoned, tortured and finally returned only after one year. She ran in the 2004 federal election, unsuccessfully, but with a strong showing. She is the former national coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. Dr. Mazigh emigrated to Canada from Tunisia at the age of 21. She holds a PhD in Finance from McGill University.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Melanie Adrian. She holds a PhD in social anthropology and the study of religion from Harvard University and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Combining anthropology, religious studies and law, her awardwinning work has focused on the intersection of nationalism and belonging in minority religious communities in Europe and North America. Her most recent book is Religious Freedom at Risk: The EU, French Schools, and Why the Veil was Banned, and her current project, Maple Leaf Muslims, is based on interviews with Muslim-Canadian youth attending Islamic schools in Canada. She serves as Chair of the Ottawa Scholars at Risk program and sits on the national steering committee. She also founded and directs Be the Choice, a not-for-profit for breast cancer patient decision-making and information.