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The History of Canadian Muslims in Toronto Jane’s Walk


Following an Islamophobia incident in North York in late 2015, HïMY
SYeD led “The History of Muslims in Toronto – A Special December
Jane’s Walk” a few days before Christmas.

It was well attended; much was learned, much was understood.

That very long walk was intended as a never-to-be-repeated event.

Yet Islamophobia persists… Quebec City Mosque Attack, and then
Etobicoke, and then London.

This Jane’s Walk explains how 3rd, 4th, & 5th Generation Muslim
Torontonians helped build our city.

This Jane’s Walk will visit four locations in the High Park
neighbourhood and The Junction to reveal that history.

• Toronto’s FIRST Halal Butcher Shop – Roncesvalles Village
• Jami Mosque – Toronto’s Second Islamic Centre and its national significance
• The little known history of The Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto
– The pivotal role of its founder, Reggie Assim, Toronto's First Imam
• The Dundas Street Mosque – The City’s First Masjid

New addition this year:

• The History of the First Synagogue in the old/former city of West Toronto.

Details: Holding Orange “Walk With Us” Jane’s Walk sign; wearing
a Green Square.

Walk Start:

Dundas-Roncesvalles Peace Garden (2201 Dundas Street
West at Roncesvalles Avenue opposite Boustead Avenue).

The Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto, 564 Annette Street (Annette Street at Runnymede Avenue, Sidewalk west of

Walk End:

Date: May 5

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.




Architecture and Urban Planning
Arts and Culture
History and Places
People and Communities.


Busy sidewalks, Optional/Potential Indoor stops, Uneven terrain.

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