Four days of activities to commemorate the victims of the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec one year ago.

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

The evening after the shooting on January 29, 2017, thousands of people attended a vigil at Église Notre-Dame-de-Foy, near the Islamic Cultural Centre. Many left candles, flowers and messages of sympathy and support for the families of the victims.

 

The City of Quebec and its partners, the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, the Commémoration citoyenne group, Université Laval, the mosques of Quebec City and Lévis, the Diocèse de Québec and representatives of First Nations and the principal churches of Quebec City, recently announced the details of four days of activities to commemorate the tragedy of January 2017. 

The tragic events that took place on the evening of January 29, 2017 cost the lives of six people and injured many others. They struck at the hearts of members of the Muslim community, but also everyone in Quebec City. 

 

The commemorative activities that will take place from January 26 to 29, 2018, will allow citizens to gather and show their support for the Muslim families who lost a loved one, and those who survived but who are living with the scars of the events. 

 

On Friday, Jan. 26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the Palais Montcalm, in Place D’Youville, there will be a seminar “Vivre ensemble avec nos différences” (live together with our differences), organized by the Centre de prévention contre de radicalisation menant à la violence (centre for prevention of radicalization leading to violence). There is no admission fee but reservations are necessary, before 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 on the Info-radical Facebook page. In French only. 

 

Also on Friday, Jan. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to observe prayers at the Grande Mosquée de Québec, which will be livestreamed on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec Facebook page. 

 

Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. - The documentary Ta dernière marche dans la mosquée will be shown at Université Laval, Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion (2325, rue de l’Université). Admission is free but you must register online before 4 p.m, Friday, Jan. 26, on Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.ca/e/ta-derniere-marche-dans-la-mosquee-tickets

 

Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the Grande Mosquée de Québec (2877 ch. Ste-Foy) invites the public to visit the exhibit of sympathy messages received in 2017, and to meet with the families of the deceased and other victims. There is no need to register in advance. 

 

Sunday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse, ExpoCité (250 blvd Wilfrid-Hamel), there will be a Recueillement spirituel (spiritual contemplation) in memory of the victims with interconfessional prayers and music, co-hosted by Ève-Marie Lortie and Khadija Saïd. Parking will be free at the ExpoCité site. There is no need to register in advance. 

 

Monday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. - People are invited to gather in the parking lot of Église Notre-Dame-de-Foy (820 rue du Chanoine-Martin), across the street from the Grande Mosquée, to show their support for the families of the victims and the Muslim community. After the gathering, those who wish may deposit flowers, candles and other symbolic objects near the Grande Mosquée. 

 

There will be no parking in the lot of the church. Those who arrive by car must find parking in surrounding streets, but there will be no parking permitted in the streets closest to the church and mosque. You are advised to take a bus or park at the top of Route de l’Église in the Sainte-Foy sports complex parking lots (avenue Roland-Beaudin). There is no need to register in advance. 

 

For more details, visit the Ville de Québec website at www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/tousunis/