Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Terrorist attack at Quebec mosque

Terrorist attack at Quebec mosque

The events on Sunday January 29, 2017 were shocking and require our urgent action. The tragic killings of six innocent people at a Quebec mosque forever changed the lives of their families, friends, our communities, and our country. Although police are continuing their investigation, the man believed responsible for the attack is known for his xenophobic and anti-feminist views.

This tragedy occurred with the world still shocked by the measures put in place by American President Donald Trump to stop people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., and close the door to Syrian refugees.

Nurses have a long history of standing side by side with vulnerable people. The events of this past Sunday in our own country must ring alarm bells and prompt us to say “No” to hatred, racism, and intolerance. We ask that you read the statement RNAO issued on January 30. Also attached is the powerful work of RNAO on various related statements and declarations on the importance of diversity and inclusivity and against racism.

We can’t afford to be complacent.

One senseless death is one too many.

What can you do?

  • Attend local rallies or marches
  • Retweet the message we have issued on our social media channels, and ask others to RT
  • Send out your own messages via social media
  • Write letters to the editor
  • Urge your friends and families to take peaceful actions of solidarity

We have the power to stand up and make a difference in our communities. We can show love and kindness to one another and demonstrate that our country is tolerant and celebrates diversity and inclusivity.

Divided we all lose.

Together, we are stronger.