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Statement by Mayor Peckford on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 23, 2021

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Mayor Nancy Peckford issued the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism:

Today, on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, we remember victims of terrorism, including those from the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182, bound for the United Kingdom from Canada, which killed 329 innocent people on board, including 280 Canadians. The attack remains the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history.

Unfortunately, in the last decade, Canada has seen more terrorist attacks. On October 22, 2014, Parliament and the National War Memorial in Ottawa were the targets of an unprecedented attack by a lone gunman. The shooter killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a ceremonial guard at the War Memorial, and then charged into Centre Block on Parliament Hill where hundreds of MPs were meeting, and was eventually shot to death by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, Parliament’s chief security official. The attack raised questions about parliamentary security and sparked a national debate over the nature of terrorism.

Earlier this month, on June 6th, terrorism struck Canada again when a family of five were the victims of a hate-motivated terrorist attack as they were on a night-time walk. They have been survived solely by a nine-year-old son – three generations lost in a single night.

As difficult as this may be, we must recognize the reality that Canada is not immune to hate, division and racism. The number of police-recorded hate crimes, according to Statistics Canada, remains high compared to recent years.

Discrimination towards Muslims is not a problem simply for Muslims: it affects us all. When one group is attacked, we are all diminished.

Today, we pause to remember and pay tribute to all Canadian victims of terrorism, and to everyone living with the pain and trauma caused by these senseless acts of violence. North Grenville flags will fly at half-mast.

Learn more by visiting the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group to combat racism and human rights violations in Canada.

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