200 gather downtown in solidarity for Quebec shooting.

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Organized by Patrick McManus and Pam Rayment, Reverands of the Emmaus Anglican Church organized a much needed vigil for the community. The vigil, held at the Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse housed inside of the Downtown Association Bounds was a time for peaceful reflection, and community solidarity for those in the Sault Ste. Marie Muslim demographic. Community leaders had the following to say:

The victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting. Clockwise from top left: Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Ibrahima Barry, 39; Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; and Boubaker Thabti, 44. HANDOUTS, MOUSSA SANGARE/THE CANADIAN PRESS, FACEBOOK

Community leaders had the following to say:

“It makes us feel so happy that our friends and our community are coming together to give us support, I just spoke to some new refugees from Syria and they said they really appreciate this. It helps make us feel good. It makes us feel safe,”
-Saber Alkilani

““I think one of the coolest things from just yesterday evening to today, is to recognize just how connected this community of Sault Ste. Marie is. So often we work in our silos, and yet the effort to come together has gone really smoothly.”

-Pamela Rayment

Mayor Provenzano was encouraged to see the community show kindness in the face of tragedy, and finally Josh Ingram DTA manager took part, adding the following:

Because of the colour of my skin, I have never been persecuted
Because of my gender identity, I have never been persecuted
and Because of my religion, I have never been persecuted
Because of factors that I cannot control, and because of factors I can control, I have never been afraid for my life.
The  Parliamentary Translation Bureau has these lines in the Canadian National Anthem “Your history is an epic of brilliant deeds.” On Sunday evening, that strong proud line in our anthem was betrayed, this deed was not epic or brilliant, it was devastating, little, and foul. This occurrence, sorrow on a national stage, may it set in motion an even greater level of respect for all people, for those that are different than us, or those that don’t believe what we believe, but Canadians & our friends at home an abroad.
I seek hope that our community, the downtown in which I work that has representation  of so many nationalities, and that our Canada, can be one of open arms and open doors. I thank you for letting me stand together with all of you, on equal ground.

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