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CAIR-CAN Welcomes Poll Showing Muslims Well-Integrated

Muslim group says survey raises concerns about religious accommodation

(OTTAWA, CANADA, 2/13/2007) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today welcomed results the Environics survey indicating that the vast majority (81 percent) of Muslims are satisfied with their lives and that only a small minority (17 percent) sense hostility to their faith from other citizens.

CAIR-CAN said that while the results of the survey of 500 Canadian Muslims and 2,045 members of the general population were generally positive, the poll did raise concerns about the need for religious accommodation.

For example, while 73 per cent of Canadian Muslims said they are “very proud” to be called Canadians, 36 percent of Canadians of other faiths said they would ban Islamic headscarves in public places. Almost half (49 percent) of the general population said new immigrants should blend in with the rest of the society.

SEE: Glad to be Canadian, Muslims Say (CBC)

“This survey clearly indicates that Canadian Muslims are well-integrated and happy with their lives in this nation,” said CAIR-CAN Executive Director Karl Nickner. “Some of the survey results do however demonstrate a need for more public education on the issue of religious rights and accommodation.”

Nickner added that the Canada’s Muslim community has a history that stretches back more than 150 years. He said that viewing Canadian Muslims solely from the perspective of new immigrants serves to negate that history.

CAIR-CAN is an Ottawa-based, non-profit organization that aims to educate Canadians and empower Canadian Muslims in the fields of the media, human rights, and political activism.

CONTACT: CAIR-CAN Communications and Human Rights Coordinator Sameer Zuberi at 613-795-2012, or CAIR-CAN Executive Director Karl Nickner at 613-254-9704 or 613-853-4111


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