In 2007, the Canadian government proclaimed October as Islamic History Month and in 2016, the Provincial government of Ontario proclaimed October as Islamic Heritage Month.
Canada’s largest school board, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), held a launch event on Monday at the Aga Khan Museum in Don Mills to announce the programs and initiatives the Board will be holding in schools for Islamic History Month (IHM) during October.
“The TDSB has long been committed to promoting equity and inclusion of all students,” said the school board in a statement. “It’s wonderful for students, teachers, and guardians to have an opportunity to learn about diverse creeds and cultures through various dedicated months and significant days featured throughout the school year at the TDSB.”
“We encourage school boards across Canada to carry out similar initiatives in their schools,” added TDSB. “We look forward to continuing our support of these positive efforts to promote inclusive classrooms, and by extension, inclusive communities.”
In attendance at the launch were community members, dignitaries, artists, and elected officials.
“It has been incredible to see the sheer momentum generated by a group of dedicated parents who wanted to see Islamic Heritage Month celebrated by their children’s schools throughout the month of October,” said Amira Elghawaby, National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) Communications Director.