OASW Statement on Mass Killings in London, Ontario


The targeted attack on members of the Muslim community in London Ontario has left tragedy, devastation, and disbelief. The act of terror is condemned and OASW stands against Islamophobia and all other forms of racism and hate violence. 

We are horrified to learn of the terrible and intentional killing and attack of 5 members of the London area Muslim community. Our hearts and condolences go out to the families, friends, and community at large as they grapple with the unthinkable horrific incident. 

OASW stands with Muslim individuals, families, children, and communities as action and justice is demanded. 

OASW recognizes and honours the many contributions made by Muslim members of Ontario and Canada who have endured racism, bias, and persecution, and despite this have made outstanding contributions to the growth and development of our Province.

We understand many of our members serve and belong to communities impacted by such catastrophe and OASW stands firmly committed to working with our members to advance social justice and to denounce the rise of violence and hate crimes.

We recognize the traumatic impact of this event on members of the Muslim community. If you need support, you can call or text the Naseeha – Muslim Youth Helpline 7 days a week, from 12 p.m – 12 a.m EDT at 1 (866) 627-3342. If you reside in London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties, you can also contact Reach Out for 24/7 telephone, text and web chat support.


About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing approximately 7250+ social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.