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. Farhan Hassan, Executive Director, Regroupement ethnoculturel des parents francophones d’Ontario (REPFO), Ottawa.
  6. Imam Sikander Hashmi, Ottawa.
  7. Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, Ottawa.
  8. Ingrid Mattson, Chair of Islamic Studies, Huron University College
  9. Amal Ghazal, Director, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
  10. Sharmarke Dubow, City Councillor, City of Victoria
  11. Sulaiman Khan, Board Member, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  12. Hindah Walhad, Counselling Centre Coordinator, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  13. Ayesha Sultana Khan, BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, Surrey.
  14. Imam Habeeb Alli, Toronto.
  15. Yusra Osman, Instructor, School of Social Work, Carleton University, Ottawa.
  16. Sahver Kuzucuoglu, KW Turkish Cultural Association, Kitchener.
  17. Mona Rahman, Education Coordinator, Islamic Society of Kingston.
  18. Azad Khan, Human Rights Advocate, Foundation Against Islamophobia and Racism, Auckland.
  19. Jeannine Bradley MSW, Muslim Family Services Ottawa.
  20. Sabika Zaidi, Graduate Student, York University, Toronto
  21. Mawdah Albatnuni, Psychotherapist, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa
  22. Samoon Tasmim, Psychotherapist, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  23. Rania Oustad, Psychotherapist, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa.
  24. HiMY SYeD, 30Masjids.ca, Toronto & Vancouver.
  25. Amal Rana, Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements, Vancouver.
  26. Dr Aijaz Ahmad, Sonzal Welfare Trust, Srinagar
  27. Owais Siddiqui, Educator/Mentor, Community Support Liaison, Edmonton.
  28. Ahmed Faress, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident, University of Montreal.
  29. Professor Aliya Khan, McMaster University, Hamilton.
  30. Dr. Muhammad Abdou, Queen’s University, Kingston
  31. Sara Latif, University of Toronto.
  32. Wala’a Farahat, Psychotherapist, Ottawa.
  33. Fairuz Shickh, Human Rights Advisor, Toronto.
  34. Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Ottawa.
  35. Nadine El Hawary, Ottawa.
  36. Ahmed Ibrahim, Ottawa.
  37. Selma Tobah, London.
  38. Hadia Walhad, Ottawa.
  39. Ladane Ali, Ottawa.
  40. Shady Hafez, Ottawa.
  41. Waris Dualeh, Ottawa.
  42. Fatima Khan, Toronto.
  43. Sofia Hashi, Ottawa.
  44. Muna Jama, Ottawa.
  45. Ashvi Shah, Ottawa.
  46. Heba Elshurafa, London.
  47. Denis Suljic, Ottawa.
  48. Krystal Cain-Gebara, Ottawa.
  49. Anna Shah Hoque, Ottawa.
  50. Rishada Majeed, Toronto.
  51. Rida Khan, Kitchener.
  52. Joanna Sigaran, Waterloo.
  53. Greg Sowden, Qom, Iran/Port Dover, ON.
  54. Abdul Rahman Amoud, Ottawa.
  55. Nasrin Gilbert, Mississauga.
  56. Randa Shickh, Toronto.
  57. Mohammed Hashim, Toronto.
  58. Itrath Syed, Vancouver.
  59. Sanaa Ali-Mohammed, Mississauga.
  60. Athir Jisrawi, London, ON.
  61. Azlan Nur Saidy, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.
  62. Aelya Salman, Toronto.
  63. Saba Khan, Toronto.
  64. Younes Lasfar, Gatineau
  65. Camille Alli, Pickering.
  66. Zarin Subah, Toronto.
  67. Habon Assoweh, Ottawa.
  68. Bismah Siddiqui, Ottawa.
  69. Kensei, Richmond Hill.
  70. Eaman Fahmy, London.
  71. Rishada Majeed, Toronto.
  72. Deanna McDougall, Ottawa.
  73. Anisa Ali, Ottawa.
  74. R. Chowdhury, Toronto.
  75. Rabia Ahmed, Yellowknife.
  76. Nida Mirza, Newmarket.
  77. Fatima Andad, Ottawa.
  78. Sumeya Abdurahman, Toronto.
  79. Asma Legnain, Student, Ottawa.
  80. Asmaa Hussein, Toronto.

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