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May 2, 2022

Researchers Collect Personal Stories From Coast to Coast to Illuminate the History of Muslims in Canada

As an archivist on the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) projectMoska Rokay doesn’t just preserve the past – she unearths it. 

Rokay, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s master of information program in the Faculty of Information, speaks to Canadians across the country to collect stories, documents and images that bring the rich history of Muslims in Canada to life.

“For instance, many people I have spoken to recall attending a co-ed Muslim youth summer camp in the 1980s and 90s, pre 9/11,” she says. “It’s been fascinating to speak to so many different people who each have fond memories of this time, like playing sports, learning how to canoe, doing arts and crafts, and, of course, participating in lectures on Islam.”

Although it’s changed names and locations over the years, the camp still exists as Ontario’s Camp Deen. Rokay has spoken to many Muslims across Ontario who has attended what’s now known as Camp Deen, as first step toward piecing together the camp’s history. 

That’s just one example of the kinds of stories in the MiCA project that illuminates how Muslim Canadians fit within Canada’s broader historical narrative, says Institute of Islamic Studies Director Anver Emon

You can read more in an article published in the University Of Toronto New web site at: https://bit.ly/38Nw3k0