Explainer: What does a Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia do?

Future of Good takes a deeper dive into the new appointment in Canada

Why It Matters

There’s been an ongoing increase in violence and hate towards Muslims across Canada. The 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting, the murder of a mosque volunteer in Toronto in 2020 and the London, Ontario van attack in 2021 are just some of the hate crimes that have occurred in recent years. Moreover, Bills in Quebec, such as Bill 21, have caused backlash in the form of discriminating against Muslims.

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Earlier this year Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Canada’s first ever Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia, with journalist and human right


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