Sunday October 29, 2017

A Muslim Newfoundlander comes home

Aatif Baskanderi, who now lives in Calgary, recently returned to Newfoundland to tell his story of what it was like growing up brown and Muslim in tiny Clarenville.

Aatif Baskanderi, who now lives in Calgary, recently returned to Newfoundland to tell his story of what it was like growing up brown and Muslim in tiny Clarenville.

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Aatif Baskanderi is living the 21st century Canadian dream. 

He's a child of immigrants, a practising Muslim, and an engineer who works in science policy. He and his Bangladeshi Canadian doctor wife live in Calgary. 

By his own account, Aatif is a "sunny ways" kind of guy.  

Recently, he took some time off work for an unusual project. He sent himself on a speaking tour of rural Newfoundland, because that's where he grew up — in Clarenville, a town of four thousand people.

And that's why, Aatif says, he is who he is.  

Heather Barrett caught up with Aatif Baskanderi on tour. Her documentary is called "Salaam B'y."

Aatif Baskanderi

Aatif Baskanderi, next to his Clarenville class photo

Click 'listen' above to hear the documentary.