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The History of Canadian Muslims

By HiMY SYeD, 30 Masjids in 30 Days of Ramadan (

The History of Canadian Muslims in Toronto Jane's Walk - HiMY SYeD - Runnymede and Annette


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. Hate-motivated incidents continued into Ramadan 2023, with physical attacks in Markham, Montreal, and threats in Kitchener and elsewhere.

The History of Canadian Muslims is a new addition to this year's Jane's Walk transforming this into a "National" Jane's Walk.

An overview of Muslim Presence in the Americas, and Ontario, since the 7th Century C.E. will be discussed.

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

This Jane’s Walk will visit at least five locations in The Junction and High Park neighbourhoods to reveal that history.

Walk stop locations:

The little known history of The Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto – The pivotal role of its founder, Reggie Assim

• The Dundas Street Mosque – The City’s First Masjid
• The Junction - Toronto's First Muslim Neighbourhood
• Former Location of High Park Sweets – Bloor Street West
• Toronto’s FIRST Halal Butcher Shop – Roncesvalles Village
• Jami Mosque – Toronto’s Second Islamic Centre and its national significance

Please help get the word and as important……Join This Special Jane’s Walk!

See YOU on Sunday May 7 2023, and Thank You!

​As part of the Green Square Campaign, Green Squares (with safety pins) will be available for all who wish to wear one during this Jane’s Walk.

  • Walk Start Location: Annette Street at Runnymede Avenue, Sidewalk on South West Corner of intersection. | Nearest Public Transit: Runnymede Bus stop at Annette Street. Walk leader will be holding Orange “Walk With Us” Jane’s Walk sign and wearing a Green Square.

  • Walk End Location: Jami Mosque, 56 Boustead Avenue

Sunday, May 7



Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Advocacy and Politics, History and Community, Diversity & Inclusion

Accessibility: Fast-paced walk, Busy sidewalks

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