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ETFO statement on Islamophobic hate crime in London, Ontario

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by yesterday’s tragedy in London, Ontario, which took the lives of four family members. We acknowledge the sadness and trauma this incident, motivated by Islamophobia, has caused members of the Muslim community, locally, across Canada and internationally. We join you and others in demanding justice and action against Islamophobia to ensure a tragedy like this never happens again. 

All of the victims were members of the same family who were out for a walk; four out of five died in the collision. Police believe they were targeted because of their Islamic faith and have laid first degree murder charges as they understand the heinous, hate-motivated act was premeditated. 

Yesterday’s incident epitomizes the worst form of Islamophobic violence. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is deeply concerned about the increasing levels of hate and violence perpetrated against many communities who have been historically marginalized and continue to be underserved today. We call on ETFO members and the public to denounce all forms of Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, misogyny, and all other forms of discrimination. We must continue to fight for justice, raise awareness, confront, and push for action to eliminate all forms of oppression and violence so that everyone feels safe, welcomed and included.