MONTREAL – A local group is planning an event to mark the start of the Quebec government’s debate into its proposed charter of values for the province.
On Monday, Jan. 13, Support Another is hoping that Quebecers will wear a religious symbol for the day in order to make a statement about the charter of values.
According to the group’s website, the motivation behind the protest is to “eliminate the words ‘visible minority’ for one day.”
A rally to raise awareness of the issues around the proposed charter is planned for Sunday, Jan. 12, at Place Jacques Cartier in Old Montreal.
Organizers created the event after reports of violence against those wearing religious garb were reported in the media.
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“Since the discussions of the charter of values have surfaced, there have been hundreds of reported cases of verbal and physical assaults against visible minorities, wearing religious symbols, in our own streets of Quebec.” noted the site.
“Not only are these acts unacceptable, but they do not represent us nor do they belong on our Canadian soil.”
Mr. Bill Steinberg, the mayor of Hampstead, and Mr. Anthony Housefather, the mayor of Cote-Saint-Luc, have both confirmed that they are lending their support to the Support Another campaign.
To help those who would like to participate in the protest, but may not be familiar with how to wear religious headgear, the group have posted videos on how to stylishly sport a kippa, hijab and turban.
To find out more about Support Another, visit its website.