OTTAWA, February 3, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) offers sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims and to the survivors of the Quebec Mosque Attack.
CASW vehemently condemns not only this act of terrorism, but also the broader climate of prejudice permeating certain political discussions as of late.
"The public has been hearing a lot about the defense of 'Canadian values' as a way to justify hatred against certain groups," began CASW President Jan Christianson-Wood, "but social workers across Canada know that diversity is the thread that unites us all - ironically, the celebration of our differences is perhaps the most salient and aspirational of our values as Canadians."
Social workers have been at the forefront of many movements for human rights and tolerance throughout Canada's history as the only profession that embeds the pursuit of social justice within everyday practice.
"CASW is proud to stand with Muslim Communities and commits to acting as an ally against prejudice," concluded Christianson-Wood.
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Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW