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CIC Edmonton: Don’t Touch My Hair or My Hijab – The Intersection of anti-Black Racism and Islamophobia in Edmonton, Canada, and Globally

February 25, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST




In light of the 2020 and 2021 attacks on three hijabi women in Edmonton in parking lots, public transit and a public park, all of whom were Black, as well as the attacks on Muslims at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec and the murder of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario,  CIC Edmonton has organized a  discussion on attacks on Muslim women, and specifically for Black History month, on how Black Muslim women are marginalized in both the Black and the Muslim communities. 
This event will also explore some of the perceptions and misconceptions in the Black community of Black Muslims as education is needed within our own Black communities.
This event includes an opportunity for audience questions.

Nadiya Ali is a PhD Candidate in Sociology specializing in anti-racism, community empowerment, and Islamophobia. Nadiya brings extensive experience in education, research, and community development to her role as the National Council of Canadian Muslim’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist.

Nadiya is also a published author researching and writing in the areas of Islamophobia, Muslim identity, and Anti-blackness. Nadiya has also been a part of a range of community-based research and programming initiatives across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Black Experience Project and the Migrant Resilience project. More recently, Nadiya held a Visiting Fellow position at Suffolk University, teaching in the Sociology and Criminal justice department.

Nadira Barre is currently the Anti-Racism Consultant at NorQuest College where she is leading the college in developing and implementing an anti-racism strategy to address systemic inequities in post secondary institutions. Nadira has also worked on a project funded by Public Safety Canada to work with the public to prevent and counter hate and extremism through education, research, and awareness. She has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders to document concerns related to violence, extremism, hate crimes, and racism.

She has an extensive background in anti-racism education, theory and practice and is skilled at working with and across multi-disciplinary teams.


February 25, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST
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CIC Edmonton Branch