June 9, 2021
The O’Brien Institute stands against Islamophobia
The O’Brien Institute for Public Health community is horrified to learn of the recent Islamophobic attack in London, Ontario, which resulted in the death of four family members and that left a seriously injured nine-year-old boy as the lone survivor.
We stand with the Muslim community in condemning acts of hate and violence and in grieving the loss of the victims.
Racism, discrimination, prejudice, and bullying all constitute a public health emergency that undermines health equity, and erodes the wellbeing of individuals and their communities.
The O’Brien Institute will continue to foster equity and diversity in our work, to address systemic racism and racial violence, and do the hard work of addressing racism as the public health issue that it is.
Dr. Tom Stelfox, MD, PhD, O'Brien Institute Scientific Director
Dr. Christine Friedenreich, PhD, O'Brien Institute Associate Scientific Director
Dr. Jamie Day, PhD, O'Brien Institute Administrative Director
Dr. Aliya Kassam, PhD, Lead, O'Brien Institute Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Portfolio
The following resources are available for anyone struggling:
- Alberta Counselling Services – 1(403) 244-0244
- University of Calgary Staff, Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholar Wellness –
- University of Calgary Student Wellness Services – 1(403) 210-9355 x 2
- Hope for Wellness – crisis intervention and counselling, call toll-free 24/7 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca
- Distress Centre – call the crisis line 24/7 at 1 (403)-266-4357, or visit www.distresscentre.com to access online chat from 3-10 p.m on weekdays, noon-10 p.m. on weekends.
- Image - Yumna Afzaal, 15, left, Madiha Salman, 44, centre left, Talat Afzaal, 74, and Salman Afzaal, 46, right, were out for an evening walk when they were run over by a man who police say was motivated by anti-Muslim hate. (Provided by Afzaal family)