June 11, 2021
The Toronto Public Space Committee offers condolences to the Afzaal and Salman family, their loved ones, and the wider Muslim community for the hate and violence that has devastated the community. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in Toronto and beyond, and commit to dismantling white supremacy, racism and xenophobia through our work.
At the Toronto Public Space Committee, we advocate for inclusive, accessible public spaces that are culturally diverse and responsive to the communities they serve. This tragic event serves as a painful and distressing reminder that we are far from creating such spaces in Toronto and the broader Greater Toronto Area. We acknowledge that we all play a part in creating public spaces that are welcoming, safe and inclusive for all.
We’ve started compiling a list of resources, in an effort to support the family and become better allies. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any others that could be added to the list:
- Verified fundraiser, led by a long-time friend of the family: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/salman-family-accident-relief
Funeral planned for Sunday, June 13 in London, Ontario:
Naseeha mental health support for Muslims:
Call or text 1-866-NASEEHA (627-3342)—it provides confidential support from 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. EST, 7 days a week.
The TPSC is always looking for ways to deepen our understanding about systemic oppression, as well as ways to centre marginalized voices and support those who are paving the way for a more inclusive Toronto.
Please get in touch ([email protected]) if you have any ideas or insights into actions the TPSC can help support.