I talked to Shahina Siddiqui in Winnipeg. She is a prominent leader in building capacity in Muslim communities both locally and far beyond, and has done important work against Islamophobia in Canada. She moved to Canada from Pakistan in 1976 and became involved in the community after nursing her eldest son through a long, terminal illness. At the time of our interview, she was President of the Islamic Social Services Association of Canada and was on the board of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Along with her organizational and community development work within Muslim communities she has written and spoken extensively in the mainstream media and to mainstream audiences about Islam and Islamophobia. She has also been involved in anti-war activism.
Material from Siddiqui on the site:
- Transcript excerpt about her initial forays into community development and into public education work around Islam in Canada.