Workshop to focus on connecting with Muslim community

Posted: March 27, 2015 3:45 p.m.

Members of the U of R Muslim Students Association
Members of the U of R Muslim Students Association Photo: External Relations

Members of the University of Regina’s Muslim community are reaching out to the community with a workshop that is bringing together various organizations.

The workshop is being held at the U of R March 28, and will be attended by people representing a broad section of the community.

“Such events are crucial in order to build bridges between people and create cohesiveness,” says Amir Aboguddah, a student at the U of R and a member of the UR Muslim Students Association.

The Muslim Students Association helped organized the workshop along with the Islamic Social Services Association, Muslims for Peace and Justice and the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan.

“It is always good for different levels of community to come together and work together. There has been a great response to this and that tells us there’s a need for a workshop like this,” says Zarqa Nawaz, who is with the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan. Nawaz is a filmmaker based in Regina and creator of the hit CBC TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie.

The workshop will be facilitated by Shahina Siddiqui, founder of Islamic Social Services Association, the first Canadian Islamic social services agency. The workshop will focus on opening the lines of communication between members of the Muslim community and various organizations and agencies.

People attending the workshop include representatives from law enforcement, health, education, multicultural organizations and the University of Regina.

“The U of R is our home. Regina is our home. Thus, we want to work with everyone in order to make sure that our home is safe, welcoming, and inclusive,” says Aboguddah.

The organizers would like to thank the attending organizations for reaching out to build a safer community and special thanks to the University of Regina for facilitating the event.

Event: Culturally-Competent Government and Community Services
Location: Language Institute 215 – U of R
Date: March 28
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required
www.issaservices.com