Wet’suwet’en Nation Solidarity

Canadian Muslim Community Members Stand with the Wet’suwet’en Nation

We, the undersigned members of the Muslim community, wish to express our solidarity and support for the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and the Indigenous nations across the continent who are supporting them. 

We urge the federal and BC governments, the RCMP, and the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project to respect Wet’suwet’en jurisdiction over their lands and water and to honour the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa decision (1997), and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. We understand that the Wet’suwet’en may have even attempted to offer alternate routes that reduce the tragic destruction of sacred, historic, or ecologically sensitive sites. 

Many members of our community came to Canada as a result of occupation, colonialism, and injustice elsewhere. We recognize that many of us are also settlers on this land and must continue to interrogate our own actions and address the ways in which we may contribute to harming Indigenous communities. The Quran, the holy book of Islam, calls on us to “stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be against rich or poor” (4:135). It is imperative that just as we speak out about injustice abroad, so too do we speak out when injustice takes place close to home, and at the hand of our own government. We urge the federal and BC governments to cease arrests and incursions in Wet’suwet’en territory and elsewhere where Indigenous people are taking a stand.

Indigenous communities are urging humanity to change our relationship with the earth on which we live. We have heard Indigenous voices remind us that water is life. Our sacred book reminds us that the Divine “has sent down rain from the sky and given life thereby to the earth” (16:65). Without clean water and an intact ecosystem, the health and future of our children and grandchildren are at risk. 

 It is vitally important that we add our voices to the thousands who are calling for justice and respect for all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation who have unanimously opposed pipeline construction in their territory. As members of the Muslim community in Canada, we express our support for, and solidarity with, the Wet’suwet’en nation. We call on our elected officials to pursue a path of justice, dignity, and responsibility. 

  1. William Felepchuk, Executive Director, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa
  2. Amira Elghawaby, Journalist & Human Rights Advocate, Ottawa.
  3. Nabeel Ahmed, President, The Tessellate Institute
  4. Roshan Jahangeer, Board Member, the Tessellate Institute, Toronto.
  5. Ingrid Mattson, Chair of Islamic Studies, Huron University College.
  6. Farhan Hassan, Executive Director, Regroupement ethnoculturel des parents francophones d’Ontario (REPFO), Ottawa.
  7. Kadra Ahmed, Youth and Families Intervention Worker, Regroupement ethnoculturel des parents francophones d’Ontario (REPFO), Ottawa.
  8. Imam Sikander Hashmi, Ottawa.
  9. Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, Ottawa.
  10. Amal Ghazal, Director, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
  11. Sharmarke Dubow, City Councillor, City of Victoria
  12. Sulaiman Khan, Board Member, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  13. Hindah Walhad, Counselling Centre Coordinator, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  14. Ayesha Sultana Khan, BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, Surrey.
  15. Majed Jarrar, Director for Community Engagement, Ottawa Mosque.
  16. Imam Habeeb Alli, Toronto.
  17. Imam Irshad Osman, Danforth Islamic Centre, Toronto.
  18. Amar Abdisamed, President, University of Ottawa Muslim Student Association.
  19. Sidrah Ahmad-Chan, Rivers of Hope Collective, Toronto.
  20. Yusra Osman, Instructor, School of Social Work, Carleton University, Ottawa.
  21. Sahver Kuzucuoglu, KW Turkish Cultural Association, Kitchener.
  22. Mona Rahman, Education Coordinator, Islamic Society of Kingston.
  23. Dawood Zwink, Manager, Social Justice, ISNA Canada, Mississauga.
  24. Muhammed Sayyed, Muslim Society of Guelph.
  25. Muslim Youth Fellowship, Toronto.
  26. Nour Elmestekawy, Committee Head, University of Ottawa Muslim Student Association Ottawa nelme098@uottawa.ca
  27. Raiss Tinmaung, Founder, Board Chair, Rohingya Human Rights Network, Ottawa.
  28. Masud Ali, President, MuslimVille Education Centre, Brampton.
  29. Nabeeha Nadeem, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo.
  30. Safeeya Faruqui, Wilfrid Laurier University, Mississauga.
  31. Azad Khan, Human Rights Advocate, Foundation Against Islamophobia and Racism, Auckland.
  32. Jeannine Bradley MSW, Muslim Family Services Ottawa.
  33. Sabika Zaidi, Graduate Student, York University, Toronto
  34. Mawdah Albatnuni, Psychotherapist, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa
  35. Samoon Tasmim, Psychotherapist, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  36. Rania Oustad, Psychotherapist, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  37. HiMY SYeD, 30Masjids.ca, Toronto & Vancouver.
  38. Amal Rana, Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements, Vancouver.
  39. Dr Aijaz Ahmad, Sonzal Welfare Trust, Srinagar
  40. Owais Siddiqui, Educator/Mentor, Community Support Liaison, Edmonton.
  41. Ahmed Faress, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident, University of Montreal.
  42. Professor Aliya Khan, McMaster University, Hamilton.
  43. Dr. Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui, Professor, Brampton.
  44. Dr. Muhammad Abdou, Queen’s University, Kingston.
  45. Ninette Nyiringango, Artist, Ottawa.
  46. Sara Latif, University of Toronto.
  47. Michelle Shelley, York University, Toronto.
  48. Wala’a Farahat, Psychotherapist, Ottawa.
  49. Fairuz Shickh, Human Rights Advisor, Toronto.
  50. Adeeb Shums, Real Estate Agent, Surrey.
  51. Johnny Roberts, Human Rights Advocate, St. Catharines.
  52. Aasiya Hussain, Founder & Executive Director, Ecohesian Inc., Tkaronto (Toronto).
  53. Nabiha Islam, Internal Medicine Physician, Toronto.
  54. Saba Khan, Co-Founder, EnviroMuslims, Mississauga.
  55. Sobia Ali-Faisal, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, UPEI, Charlottetown.
  56. Fareed Khan, Founder, Canadians United Against Hate / Human Rights & Anti-Racism Activist, Ottawa-Gatineau.
  57. Sadia Masroor, Human rights activist, Ottawa.
  58. Denise Robinson, Board, WNY Peace Center, Buffalo, NY.
  59. Mehrangiz Monsef, Acting Refugee Service Coordinator, El-Tawhid Jumma Circle Unity Masjid, Tkaronto.
  60. Atiya Jaffar, Digital Campaigns Strategist, 350.org, Vancouver.
  61. Ducie Howe, Grassroots grandmothers, Halifax.
  62. Hakima Moktary, Social Worker, Ottawa.
  63. Aminata Toure, French teacher, Gatineau.
  64. Paul Sutherland, Writer, Market Rasen.
  65. Khadijah Kanji, Social Worker, Markham.
  66. Hayat Sajjad Ahmed, Retiree, Mississauga.
  67. Bolade Shipeolu, Medical Student, Toronto
  68. Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Ottawa.
  69. Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Ottawa.
  70. Nadine El Hawary, Ottawa.
  71. Ahmed Ibrahim, Ottawa.
  72. Selma Tobah, London.
  73. Hadia Walhad, Ottawa.
  74. Ladane Ali, Ottawa.
  75. Shady Hafez, Ottawa.
  76. Waris Dualeh, Ottawa.
  77. Fatima Khan, Toronto.
  78. Sofia Hashi, Ottawa.
  79. Muna Jama, Ottawa.
  80. Ashvi Shah, Ottawa.
  81. Heba Elshurafa, London.
  82. Denis Suljic, Ottawa.
  83. Krystal Cain-Gebara, Ottawa.
  84. Anna Shah Hoque, Ottawa.
  85. Rishada Majeed, Toronto.
  86. Rida Khan, Kitchener.
  87. Joanna Sigaran, Waterloo.
  88. Greg Sowden, Qom, Iran/Port Dover, ON.
  89. Abdul Rahman Amoud, Ottawa.
  90. Nasrin Gilbert, Mississauga.
  91. Randa Shickh, Toronto.
  92. Mohammed Hashim, Toronto.
  93. Itrath Syed, Vancouver.
  94. Sanaa Ali-Mohammed, Mississauga.
  95. Athir Jisrawi, London, ON.
  96. Azlan Nur Saidy, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.
  97. Aelya Salman, Toronto.
  98. Saba Khan, Toronto.
  99. Younes Lasfar, Gatineau.
  100. Camille Alli, Pickering.
  101. Zarin Subah, Toronto.
  102. Habon Assoweh, Ottawa.
  103. Bismah Siddiqui, Ottawa.
  104. Kensei, Richmond Hill.
  105. Eaman Fahmy, London.
  106. Rishada Majeed, Toronto.
  107. Deanna McDougall, Ottawa.
  108. Anisa Ali, Ottawa.
  109. R. Chowdhury, Toronto.
  110. Rabia Ahmed, Yellowknife.
  111. Nida Mirza, Newmarket.
  112. Fatima Andad, Ottawa.
  113. Sumeya Abdurahman, Toronto.
  114. Asma Legnain, Student, Ottawa.
  115. Asmaa Hussein, Toronto.
  116. Shagufta Pasta, Vancouver.
  117. Myriah, Ottawa.
  118. Nada Mabsout, Toronto.
  119. Amanda Johnson, Ottawa.
  120. Muneeb Nasir, Toronto.
  121. Omer G, London.
  122. Raisa Mirza, Montreal.
  123. Shady Salama, Ottawa.
  124. Sara Sayyed, Guelph.
  125. Humaira Jaleel, Winnipeg.
  126. Syed Zain Ahmed, Calgary.
  127. Erum Tanvir, Winnipeg.
  128. Kowthar Ali, Edmonton.
  129. Joel Trono-Doerksen, Winnipeg.
  130. Trish Khadija James, Winnipeg.
  131. Lindsay Angelow, Ottawa.
  132. Huda, Toronto.
  133. Tasneem Kinaci, Markham.
  134. Shazlin Rahman, Toronto.
  135. Elyse Denis, Montreal.
  136. Rafia Haniff-Cleofas, Toronto.
  137. Peter Cunliffe, Winnipeg.
  138. Diane Cadieux, Vancouver.
  139. Asmin Bhabha, Toronto.
  140. Mahamed Khan, Toronto.
  141. Dunia Hamou, London, Ontario.
  142. Faduma Yusuf, Ottawa.
  143. Khaled Jarrar, Ottawa.
  144. Malik Omar, Ottawa.
  145. Ashad Khan, Ottawa.
  146. Abdirahman Daheeye, Ottawa.
  147. Khalid Egeh, Ottawa.
  148. Jason Labrecque, Montreal.
  149. Amr Hassan, Ottawa.
  150. Shahida Waliullah, Guelph.
  151. Sib Waliullah, Ottawa.
  152. Buraidah Razack, Nepean.
  153. Alaa Hamid, Burlington.
  154. Lindsay Ahmed, Whitby .
  155. Bee Khaleeli, Montreal.
  156. Abdullah AlHaj, Ottawa.
  157. Hajira Hussain, Ajax.
  158. Rohoma Zakir, Ottawa.
  159. Binish Ahmed, Toronto
  160. Bisher Almazloum, Ottawa.
  161. Eman Almazloum, Ottawa.
  162. Samir Sareim, Winnipeg.
  163. Marian Nur, Ottawa.
  164. Sukey Omran, Ottawa.
  165. Zayneb Ragheai, Ottawa.
  166. Alefia Ghadiyali, Ottawa.
  167. Omar Chaudry, Guelph.
  168. Salima Jamal, Vancouver.
  169. Kandeel Imran, Markham.
  170. Nakita Valerio, Edmonton.
  171. Diba Hareer, Ottawa.
  172. Fieszal Talib, Ottawa.
  173. Monira Kayhan, Ottawa.
  174. Yasmin Beydoun, Toronto.
  175. Kusha Dadui, Toronto.
  176. Fatima K. Ahmed, Vancouver.
  177. Shabina Lafleur-gangji, Brampton.
  178. Annita Bhuiyan, Surrey.
  179. Zahur Ashrafuzzaman, Montréal.
  180. Amira Maarouf, Ottawa.
  181. Farhat Rehman, Ottawa.
  182. Valecia Thibault, Ottawa.
  183. Junaid Sohail, Mississauga.
  184. Najette Omran, Ottawa.
  185. Hikmat Jamal, Toronto.
  186. Mohammad Ataullah, Oshawa.
  187. Fazil Bacchus, Toronto.
  188. Mahnoor Leghari, Oakville.
  189. Sheema Ghayyur, Mississauga.
  190. Nicole Crellin, Toronto.
  191. Faiyaz Syed, Oakville.
  192. Katherine McLeod, Sainte Anne De Kent, New Brunswick.
  193. Hatice Mazi, Oakville.
  194. Farooq Khan, Mississauga.
  195. Yasmin Bhabha, Toronto.
  196. Hassaan Qureshi, Toronto.
  197. Samir Boucenna, Etobicoke.
  198. Junaid Sohail, Mississauga.

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