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It is Islamic Heritage Month in Canada! Celebrated every October since 2007, when it was established by the Canadian Government, Islamic Heritage Month provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the history of Islam in Canada and the cultural diversity of Canada’s large Muslim community. 

This Islamic Heritage Month, we invite Warriors to celebrate the fascinating heritage of Canada’s Muslim citizens. Together, let’s celebrate the people that make our communities so unique and dynamic!  

Please see below a list of University of Waterloo resources the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion office has put together: 

 

BIPOC Graduate Student Collective 

The BIPOC Graduate Student Collective is a virtual space that aims to center the academic and social experience and needs of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Graduate Students through various supports. 

Campus Wellness 

Visit Campus Wellness for counselling services and resources.   

Employee Assistance Program 

As part of the Employee Assistance Program, University of Waterloo employees and their dependent family members have a range of health and wellness services under the Employee and Family Assistance Program, including short-term, confidential counselling. 

Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity (RAISE) 

RAISE is a student-led WUSA service that serves to address racism and xenophobia on campus with initiatives reflective of their three pillars of Education and Advocacy, Peer-to-Peer Support, and Community Building. 

Thaqalayn Muslim Association (TMA) 

The Thaqalayn Muslim Association works to cater to the needs of Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim post-secondary students at the University of Waterloo, and the surrounding region, while representing their collective voices and pursuing their ideals. 

University of Waterloo Muslim Students’ Association 

The Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) seeks to create a community that is open and dynamic and caters to the best interests of all Muslims on campus.  

QTPOC KW 

QTPOC KW hosts monthly events for people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC with the goal of building and nurturing a more resilient community. 

 

In addition, please see a few local external resources and supports

Coalition of Muslim Women Kitchener-Waterloo 

The Coalition of Muslim Women KW (CMW) is a non-profit organization that works to empower Muslim women and girls to be leaders and change makers.   

Muslim Social Services Waterloo Region 

Muslim Social Services Kitchener-Waterloo is a charitable organization that provides culturally- and spiritually-sensitive humanitarian and social services to the Muslim and non-Muslim communities of the Waterloo Region. 

National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) 

The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that protects Canadian human rights and civil liberties, challenges discrimination and Islamophobia, builds mutual understanding, and advocates for the public concerns of Canadian Muslims. 

 

For more information on events, supports, resources, communities, and educational tools, please click here.