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Canadian Muslim women commemorate International Human Rights Day with conference for Indigenous women

December 9, 2015

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at collaborates with Indigenous Education Network and the University of Toronto to hold interfaith conference

Toronto, ON – To commemorate International Human Rights Day and raise awareness about gendered violence against Indigenous women, as well as against Muslim women who wear the Hijab, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at has partnered with the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education and the Indigenous Education Network at the University of Toronto to hold a conference titled “Indigenous Spirituality and Islam: A Dialogue Between Two Sisters.”

This event explores the similarities between the teachings of Islam and Indigenous spirituality, and how these two faith traditions inspire healing and unity. It explores how Muslims, based on the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, can stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples in their struggle for justice, especially pertaining to the case of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW) in Canada.

As part of the national #JeSuisHijabi campaign, this event invites Canadians to join and hear the voices of Indigenous women and Muslim women to understand what their national identity means to them.

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:00am
Where: OISE Building – Room OI 2-296 (2nd floor) – 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Media Opportunity:
Interviews with Indigenous women and Muslim women. Exhibition of #JeSuisHijabi national campaign. Presentation by Elder Ojibwe Kokomis Jacqui Lavalley.

About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.

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For more information, contact:

Tammara Soma (Ph.D Candidate), Dept. Geography and Planning
Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association UofT, Native Desk
Phone: 647-607-5434