Intercultural Dialogue Institute unequivocally condemns the horrifying mass shooting that took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec in Quebec City on the evening of January 29, 2017. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and all those who were wounded, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and their communities.

Each terrorist attack is a murder; a violation of the sanctity of life deserves nothing but unconditional condemnation in the strongest terms. This particular attack, because it is a violation of a sacred sanctuary and the attack targeted innocent worshippers during their prayers, is a cruel mass murder. Such violence is intended to instill fear and to sunder the bonds that bind the people of this country.

It is more important than ever to stand in solidarity against violence, hate, and terror. As Canadians, we must stand together to support freedom of religion in Canada and to ensure that every Canadian can worship in public without fear. We strongly believe that the remedy to hatred, bigotry and schism is to promote dialogue between people of differences, which in turn will bring understanding and acceptance. We will continue to work relentlessly to create new venues for dialogue among people of different backgrounds.