TVDSB stands with the Muslim community as June 6th anniversary approaches

Posted On Wednesday May 18, 2022

June 6th marks the one-year anniversary of the attack that took the lives of four Muslim family members in the community, including a Thames Valley student. This was one of the deadliest hate crimes in London’s History where the Afzaal family was the target of a terrorist attack.

“Hate has no place in our schools or in our community, and as a school board, we deeply respect and support our Muslim community. We are committed to continuing to learn about the stereotypes and implicit biases that can lead to hate crimes against Muslims”, says Mark Fisher, Director of Education.

In partnership with the Muslim community, the City of London and community organizations including the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, and the Youth Council Combatting Islamophobia, Thames Valley will commemorate this tragic event to honour the lives lost and our ongoing commitment to combatting Islamophobia, racism and discrimination in all its forms.

Following the lead of our community partners, TVDSB’s commemoration will include several important actions.

  • All flags across Thames Valley will be lowered and will remain at half mast for the duration of the day on June 6th.
  • School signs will also reflect a message of support for Our London Family.
  • All Thames Valley Schools will be participating in a 15-minute walk in recognition of the family, a time for us all to reflect, honour and bring attention to the issue of Islamophobia in our communities.
  • Staff and students are invited to take part in a moment of silence and encouraged to wear purple and green.
  • School and classroom materials commemorating the June 6th attack have been shared with staff and students, and age-appropriate conversations about the events that took place one year ago are encouraged.

“Our thoughts and solidarity go out to the Afzaal family and the entire Muslim community. We firmly and unconditionally stand with you and support you”, says Fisher.