Five years ago today, a senseless act of hatred took the lives of six people and injured 19 more who had gathered to worship in a Mosque in Québec. More recent, troubling attacks have continued to shake our country, reminding us that there is still work to be done to ensure that the home we share achieves its fullest promise as a peaceful, diverse and accepting place for all. Canada’s newly created National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia is an opportunity for each of us to consider how we can contribute to this essential work in our communities.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who is committed to opening hearts, minds and doors, here in Alberta and across Canada. Every positive action makes an important difference, from community-wide education and awareness initiatives, to small gestures of kindness and understanding offered to neighbors of all faiths and ethnicities, each and every day.

Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani AOE, B.Sc., LLD (Hon), Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
January 29, 2022