Joint message from ADM(HR-Civ) and CMPC on the London Tragedy

June 10, 2021 - Defence Stories

Colleagues,

These past few days have been exceptionally difficult for all Canadians, as we process last Sunday’s tragedy in London, Ontario. Four Canadians lost their lives in an act of hate and bigotry. They had goals, ambitions, and futures to achieve and enjoy together. Instead, a child lost his beloved family, and the Muslim community is distressed and shocked to lose four of its members in this act of violence.

We stand by our Muslim colleagues and members in denouncing Islamophobia, as well as hate, prejudice and intolerance in all of its forms. We empathize with the hardship you have experienced and continue to endure. The recurring hatred has a cumulative impact on you, your families, and your communities. 

There are no words that will alleviate the gravity of these losses, nothing that can be said to undo the harms experienced by the family, friends, and community of those who were killed in this atrocity. Last Sunday’s event highlighted the pure evil that can arise when hate and ignorance are left unchallenged and unchecked. We must remain vigilant – because these beliefs and attitudes cannot be allowed to exist within our communities and our organization. This is a time for us all to reflect on the ways in which we can reach out and support each other. We must take swift and decisive action against Islamophobia, to eradicate discrimination from our institution, and create a Defence Team that is inclusive, safe, and respectful for all members.

If you witness or experience Islamophobia, speak up. Take the time to learn more about Islam, and what you can do to support and become an ally to your Muslim colleagues.

This tragedy is being felt by all Canadians across the country. Please know that if you are impacted, you are not alone. We must take care of one another and work to heal from this together. If you or your family need support during this time, there are a number of services available to you:

To our Muslim colleagues and friends, know that our thoughts are with you, and we are here to support you through these challenging times.

Thank you,

Kin Choi                              LGen Steven Whelan
ADM (HR-Civ)                    Chief of Military Personnel 

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