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Former CAIR-CAN Chair Speaks to Canadian Security Agency

(OTTAWA, CANADA – 05/12/06) – The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) recently invited CAIR-CAN’s former Chair, Dr. Sheema Khan, to give a lecture to its personnel on the experience of Canadian Muslims after 9/11.

“I appreciated the opportunity to speak directly to CSIS members about the concerns of Canadian Muslims and Arabs, while also discussing ways in which can become partners in security. Canadian Muslims and Arabs should be seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem,” says Dr. Khan. “It is important for security services and citizens to continue dialogue in order to forge a common front against terrorism.”

“Dr. Khan’s thought-provoking presentation has helped Service employees to better understand the perspective of Canada’s diverse and growing Muslim community regarding the world after 9-11,” said John Dunn, Director General of Communications for CSIS. “The cultural landscape of Canada is changing rapidly. CSIS wants to build bridges with all communities in this new Canada so it can better protect all our citizens.”

A copy of Dr. Khan’s speech may be read at:

“Canadian Muslims care deeply about Canada’s security and the welfare of our fellow Canadians. The current initiatives in creating dialogue are an important part of ensuring the safety of our country,” says Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN’s Executive Director.

Several of CAIR-CAN’s board members also participate in other forums aimed at providing cultural and spiritual literacy training, such as an RCMP diversity advisory committee in Winnipeg as well as other social planning and civic committees across the country. CAIR-CAN is also participating in the RCMP’s National Security Community Advisory Committee in Ottawa, which brings together members of the RCMP, CSIS and the Ottawa Muslim community to discuss issues of concern.


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