Canadian Foundation Helping To Build Arctic Mosque
Canadian media is reporting on that a Canadian foundation is assisting in the construction of a mosque in the Arctic city of Nunavut, the largest city and territorial capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. According to a CBC news report:
May 16, 2014 A growing Muslim community in Iqaluit is getting help to build a mosque from the same foundation that helped establish mosques in Inuvik, N.W.T., and Thompson, Man.
It would be the first official Islamic place of worship in Nunavut.
‘It’s gonna be nice. It’s gonna be beautiful. It’s gonna stand out in the city as a nice new building,’ said Hussain Guisti of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation, a Manitoba-based Islamic charity.
Hussain Guisti of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation says his group is working with the Islamic Society of Nunavut to construct a two-storey building to be used as a mosque. (CBC)
Guisti estimates there are currently 80 Muslims living in Iqaluit, and he expects that number to quadruple in the next two decades.
‘There’s been a tremendous increase in the number of Muslims in the past 20-some years in Iqaluit, and we anticipate that number to continue to grow because Iqaluit is a booming, developing city,’ he said.
Demographics By Wikipedia
Iqaluit has the highest number of Inuit people in both numbers (3,900) and percentages (59.1%), of all Canadian cities with populations greater than 5,000. The racial make up is:
- 61.2% Aboriginal; 1.0% First Nations, 1.0% Metis, 59.1% Inuit
- 34.3% White
- 1.1% Black
- 1.1% Southeast Asian; 0.9% Filipino
- 0.9% East Asian; 0.8% Chinese, 0.2% Korean, 0.0% Japanese
- 0.8% South Asian
- 0.2% Latin American
- 0.2% Arab
- 0.2% Multiracial; 1.1% including Metis
There is no “majority mother tongue” in Iqaluit, as 45.4% reported their mother tongue as being English, and 45.4% also reported their mother tongue as Inuktitut. However 97.2% of Iqalummiuts can speak English, whereas only 53.1% can speak Inuktitut. French was the mother tongue of 4.8% of the population, which is the same figure of the population who can speak the language. As of 2012, “Pirurvik, Iqaluit’s Inuktitut language training centre, has a new goal: to train instructors from Nunavut communities to teach Inuktitut in different ways and in their own dialects when they return home.”
74.9% of the population practice some form of Christianity (Anglican is the most popular at 42.6%), and 22.9% of the population identify has having no religious affiliation. There are other religions practiced in the city, just not in large numbers.