March 23rd: Islamophobia

Posted: March 1, 2016 by admin in Uncategorized

Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm 

Joanne & Peter Kenny Theatre at King’s College on 266 Epworth Ave.

Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival and the Department of Theology will be screening the film:

Informants by Al Jazeera

The Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival presents the screening of the Al Jazeera documentary, FBI Informants.

About the Documentary:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the largest collector of human intelligence in the United States.

On any given day, the FBI has a network of more than 15,000 informants collecting information. Many of the FBI’s informants work in US Muslim communities.

These informants are part of a post-9/11 mandate to stop potential attacks before they even begin — a preemptive counterterrorism policy.

To find suspects interested in committing violence in the United States, the FBI assigns informants to pose as members of al-Qaeda, or one of its affiliate groups, and then offer up the opportunity to get involved in a plot.

During the course of this investigation, Al Jazeera met some of the men who spied on US communities on orders from the FBI.

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit tracked down three informants, all with different methods and motivations, and reveals new details about their undercover work for the US government.


Following the screening, Imam Yasin Dwyer and Dr. Ingrid Mattson will shed light on the rise of Islamophobia in Canada as well as the high incarceration rates and the radicalization of Muslims in Canadian prisons.

About the speakers:

Imam Yasin Dwyer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents from Jamaica. He has served as a faith-based chaplain with the Correctional Service of Canada for the past 12 years. Imam Yasin sits on the board of the Montreal based Silk Road Institute. He also works as a chaplain at Queen’s University and lectures extensively on traditional Islamic spirituality, Black culture and the history of Muslims in the West.

Dr. Ingrid Mattson is a scholar of Islamic Studies, an expert in interfaith relations and a Muslim religious leader. Since 2012 she has held the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College in London, Canada. Previously she was Professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary (CT) where she developed and directed the first accredited graduate program for Muslim chaplains in America. From 2001-2010 Dr. Mattson was elected and served as vice-president, then as president, of the Islamic Society of North America (USA). Her writings focus on Qur’anic Studies, theological ethics and interfaith engagement. Dr. Mattson is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan and has served on many boards, including the Interfaith Taskforce of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Council of Global Leaders of the C-100 of the World Economic Forum and the Leadership Group of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project.


The festival takes place on the ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabek, Lenape, Huron-Wendat, and Attawandaron Peoples. All events are free (donations welcome), wheelchair accessible, and scent-reduced—please do not use or wear scented products, including essential oils. We will be continuing to update the information on this event page and our website. Please contact us ( with any questions.


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