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FMPSD Statement on London, Ont. Islamophobic Attack

FMPSD Statement on London, Ont. Islamophobic Attack

The Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) Board of Trustees and staff are shocked and saddened by the horrific targeted attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Leaving four people dead and a 9-year-old boy seriously injured and hospitalized - the heinous hate crime goes against every grain of Canadian values. 

FMPSD is home to the Fort McMurray Islamic School, with many Muslim students and staff attending schools, and working across the Division. We deeply value our partnership with Markaz ul Islam, the Islamic Centre of Fort McMurray, which oversees the Islamic School, and has supported numerous initiatives across the Division, as well as remained front and centre whenever we needed them. The same is true of our Muslim community partners. 

This March, senior staff and school leaders were invited to visit one of the two local mosques for an open house. The group was received with open arms, learned much about Islam, a religion of peace and harmony - and gained insights about the holy month of Ramadan. It was a valuable, and much appreciated opportunity provided to our system leaders and we look forward to future opportunities for collaboration, learning, and sharing.

Our students and staff are involved with diverse community events such as the Multicultural Expo, World Hijab Day Fort McMurray, Markaz open houses, Eid, and Ramadan events, Islamic Awareness Day, and so much more. We solidify our partnership with action.

And, we remain vigilant on improving with action. Offering our thoughts and prayers isn't enough. We believe in backing our words with action. We will work towards more awareness about hate crimes, racism, extremism and anti-Muslim rhetoric, and how all of this has no place in our community and country. We will listen, and do better. 

To our London family - we mourn with you, we stand with you - hoping and working for a better tomorrow, and a better Canada. 

Students and staff seeking support can call the Some Other Solutions 24/7 crisis line: 780.743.HELP (4357). Additional support is available through the Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Jennifer Turner

Superintendent

Fort McMurray Public School Division