On October 1st, 2019,The IISC hosted a diversity and sensitivity training for the Calgary Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This is an opportunity to learn, discuss, and answer any questions people may have.
From the things we discussed:
What is Islam and Who are Muslims?
What do Muslims believe?
What do Muslims practice?
Demographics of Muslims in the world, Canada, and Calgary Population.
History of Muslims in Canada and Alberta.
Misconceptions about Islam.
Women aren't oppressed in Islam. It is cultural practices that are often confused with the faith, combined with ignorance.
Islam does not condone violence and terrorism. In fact less than 0.0001% have joined extremist groups. The rest of the community condemns the actions of an extreme fringe minority. What are the sensitivities to be kept in mind when interacting with Muslims.
Sanctity of Faith.
Gender roles (Conservative Muslims may not feel comfortable shaking hands with the opposite gender)
Food and Drink restrictions
How can we better foster healthier relationships with the Muslim community:
Build rapport and trust.
Have outreach programs. (how important it is for law enforcement to interact with the community in non-confrontational environments).
Be familiar with simple phrases and sensitivities.
It was a also a good opportunity to share ethnic food and build bridges. If you're interested in learning more, would like to hold a similar presentation, or would like a copy of the presentation please send an email to Navaid@iisc.ca.