Islamic Heritage Month

Post by Matt, Information Services staff

October is Islamic Heritage Month! Unfamiliar with this holiday? Islamic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration of the arts, culture, scientific and social achievements of our Muslim friends and neighbours, past and present. While the official recognition is fairly new, Islamic peoples have been a part of Canada since the very beginning. For example, did you know that the first known Muslims arrived in Canada in 1851? Though the Muslim population in Canada remained small for nearly a century afterwards, today Muslims make up about 3.2% of Canada’s total population.

That is why it’s important to recognize and reflect on the incredible contribution that Islamic peoples have made to our communities and our country. Here at Kitchener Public Library, we want to help promote Islamic authors, artists and organizations in our community and around the world. Join us on October 15th for a calligraphy demonstration by local artist Ati Zar, on October 23rd for a family storytime, and on October 28th for a talk about Muslim representation in the media with writer and journalism instructor Shenaz Kermalli. 

In addition to these events, with the invaluable help of the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW, we’ve curated a list of media and other resources to explore this month.



Children’s Materials



Community Resources

To learn more about Islamic Heritage Month, combatting Islamophobia, and other topics important to Muslim communities, please explore the work of these local and national organizations.

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