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Canada: Muslim women forging bonds with First Nations: Listening to Aboriginal History

Tuesday 22 November 2016, by siawi3

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Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), 22.11.2016

October 2016 Newsletter
CCMW Chapter: Ottawa

The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women invites you to attend Chapter Two of Reconciliation: Listening to Aboriginal History.

Date and Venue here

This event will see the continuation of a dialogue that began in December 2015, when in the wake of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a few Ottawa Muslim women invited members of the Aboriginal, Inuit, and First Nations communities to share their histories with Canadian Muslims.

These two communities know little of each other. At a time when our nation is becoming more diverse, there is a fear of pluralism and reluctance to acknowledge the ugly truths in our nation’s history, both remote and recent, as well as ongoing systemic injustices that continue to be perpetrated on indigenous populations.

That’s why it is critical for Canadian Muslims to look beyond our own unease in the current geopolitical climate. We must refine our collective perspectively by examining the harsh history and continuing societal reluctance to engage with First Peoples in a meaningful and constructive manner. We wish to provide a space where honest conversation can occur, in the hopes of forging bonds of friendship and support between our two communities.

The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women would be honoured to have you join us as we welcome Mr. Waubgeshig Rice, CBC journalist and novelist to tell us about his journey.

This event is part of a long tradition of discussing ideas and literature over steaming plates of biryani in the nation’s capital.