Yellowknife to hold Christchurch vigil on Friday

The Islamic Centre of Yellowknife (ICYK) is to hold a vigil in support of those affected by the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

On Facebook, ICYK said the gathering would begin at its 4100 Franklin Avenue address at 2:30pm on Friday, March 22.

“All are welcome to gather and show your love and solidarity for the Muslim community in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Sǫǫ̀mbak’è (Yellowknife) and across the world,” the centre wrote.


Mass shootings at Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre killed 50 people during Friday prayer on March 15, forming the deadliest terrorist attack in New Zealand’s modern history.

A 28-year-old Australian, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, has appeared in court accused of carrying out the attack.

On Friday, the centre expressed gratitude for the reaction of Yellowknifers to the horrific events in Christchurch.

“Thank you to our neighbours, friends, colleagues, community leaders, and those of you who have never met us but have sent flowers, donations, and your messages and condolences,” the centre posted online.

“This means very much to us. We know Yellowknife is all of ours and Inshaa Allah it will continue to be supportive and welcoming.


“Thank you Yellowknife and the RCMP for all of your support.”

Nazim Awan, who chairs the centre, earlier told the CBC: “Humanity is together in this. We will believe in living together, living in peace with our differences, with our different faiths.

“These few terrorists, they cannot defeat this society.”