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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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How well do you know these inspiring Black-Muslim Activists?

April 12, 2021

Written and created by Ola Elziny and Musaddiq Ali.

It is no secret that Black individuals as a minority have been suppressed and discriminated against in human history. This brings up the need for movements such as the BLM movement that has been in the news lately. Discrimination against a certain race is termed “racism.” However, discrimination is not restricted to one’s race only, it can take on many forms, and individuals can be discriminated against based on other aspects of their identity, including religion, nationality, gender, etc.

One such form of discrimination is discrimination against Muslims, the followers of the religion Islam. Islamophobia is the term used to define discrimination or prejudice towards Muslims. A single individual, however, can have multiple social identities, such as being a White Chrisitan American Woman or a Black Muslim Nigerian Man. The understanding that a single individual can have multiple identities in society leads to the development of a concept called intersectionality. Intersectionality is the acknowledgment that an individual might have different social identities. These interconnecting, overlapping identities add up to create unique challenges. In this post, we focus on one such group, Black Muslims. Islamophobia is a huge issue in today’s world, especially in western societies. It has resulted in hate crimes against Muslims, especially those who already suffer from racism because of their skin colour.

Our main goal is to raise awareness about Islamophobia and racism by highlighting some examples of great leaders who happen to be Muslim and of Colour. Below is a quiz to test your knowledge about two such famous Black Muslim leaders who are widely known in today’s day and age.