Multiculturalism in Canada
The story of Canada’s first mosque
In the 1930s, a group of determined Muslim women raised funds to create Canada’s first mosque for Edmonton’s growing Muslim community.
By the 1980s, the descendants of those Muslim women would come together to save their mosque. But they would have to fight against prejudice and discrimination to have the mosque recognized as an important part of Edmonton’s history.
Scriptwriter – Ali Badshah
Illustrator – Ghazaleh Rastgar
Produced by Bonfire Originals
Photos courtesy of the Hamdon Family and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women
Interview of Marlene Hamdon courtesy of the Edmonton Public School Board
Excerpts of Al-Tasmim provided by filmmaker Selwyn Jacob
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada