30 MORE | VIDEO – Candlelight Vigil for Islamic Centre of Québec – Front steps of Al-Masjid Al-Jamia – Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory, British Columbia, Canada

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night in front of Vancouver’s original Masjid, Al-Masjid Al-Jamia.

Gregor Robertson Mayor of Vancouver, Four City Councillors, Two Rabbis, One Reverend, Board members of Al-Masjid Al-Jamia all spoke.

I also stepped up and shared a few words about my 30 Masjids visit this past Ramadan to the Islamic Centre of Québec. But I did not record myself, so that’s missing from the video.

Standing for a moment before I spoke, looking out into the night, I saw a sea of people. The sea had spilled out onto West 8th Avenue itself. So many Vancouverites had turned out.

I honestly expected maybe two dozen people at most who might come out. As you can see in the almost 52 minute video, many dozens more actually did.

We were all Canadians. We were all affected by the events in Sainte Foy, Québec.

For whatever comes next, we know we Canadians are all in this together.

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