A vigil in support of the city’s Muslim community is slated for this evening in front of City Hall.
“Please come out for a peaceful vigil evening in support of our Muslim community,” says a Facebook post urging people to attend. “In light of recent events, we feel that we need to show a strong display of love and unity to reinforce that our Canada is an inclusive and culturally diverse country and that the recent attack on a mosque in Quebec will not be condoned.”
Six people were killed and more injured in a shooting at mosque in Quebec over the weekend.
The vigil is slated to get underway at 5:30 p.m.
Premier Christy Clark released the following statement regarding the attack:
“Like all Canadians, I was shocked and saddened by the tragic shooting in Quebec. Like all houses of worship, mosques are sanctuaries of peace and reflection. There is no greater violation.
“The world looks at Canada as a beacon of hope and peace, not just because of our diversity, but because we celebrate and embrace it. That is our greatest strength – and must not change.
“As Canadians, we must speak up in the face of rising intolerance and hatred. Those who would seek to divide us through fear prey on silence, but they will fail. We will continue to cherish our differences, and welcome the world to our shores.
“All British Columbians join with our fellow Canadians to mourn those lost in yesterday’s tragic events. You will not be forgotten.”