Memorials across the province to honour 3rd anniversary of Quebec City mosque shooting

Jan 29 2020, 7:08 am

It’s been three years since the Quebec City mosque shooting and the province has several scheduled events to commemorate the attack that left six Muslim men dead and 19 wounded.

On January 29, 2017, a gunman walked into the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City and shot and killed six people attending a prayer service.

Vigils and ceremonies will take place across the province today in memory of the lives lost.

The Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec is hosting a commemoration event this afternoon along with an intimate dinner tonight. Currently, 250 people are expected at the dinner, alongside survivors, families of the victims, and Premier François Legault.

At 12:30 pm today, the UQAM student association invites Montrealers to participate in a vigil for the victims as well as supporting Muslim Awareness Week at Place Pasteur on rue Saint-Denis.

Prime Minister Trudeau also released a statement regarding the horrific attack.

“Today, we mourn those who were senselessly killed, and suffered at the hands of ignorance, Islamophobia, and racism,” he said. We share the pain of their children, spouses, friends, and neighbours, who were robbed of their loved ones far too soon. Our thoughts are also with those injured, whose lives forever changed after this brutal and inhumane attack.”

The prime minister went on to give thanks to the first responders whose “extraordinary actions saved lives that night,” while also calling for unity among the Canadian people.

“This spirit of unity drives the Government of Canada’s fight against hatred, intolerance, and fear. Whether by countering terrorist and violent extremist content online or taking steps to strengthen gun control, we are working to build a country where everyone is safe — regardless of their religion, beliefs, or background.”

Throughout the rest of Canada, groups have planned a vigil in Mississauga, a remembrance for the victims in Kingston, a vigil in Halifax, and an evening commemoration in Winnipeg.