Saskatchewan

Muslim community joins Regina pride parade for 1st time

'Diversity is very important and it's the key to nationhood': Muslim parade participant

Posted: June 25, 2016

Prominent Saskatchewan writer Zarqa Nawaz marched in the Queen City Pride parade on Saturday with other members of the local Muslim community. (Eman Bare/CBC)

Regina held its annual Queen City Pride parade on Saturday, as the main event for pride week.

This year was special for some Muslim people in Regina, as it's the first time a group from the religious community marched in the parade. 

Sabreena Haque, a Muslim woman who took part, said many who joined the parade felt it was time to show more visible solidarity, especially in the wake of the tragic shooting in Orlando at a gay bar earlier this month. 

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"We are a misunderstood community ourselves, and I think you know when things like Orlando happen and things that happen in other places, I think other people always see us as being this harsh group of people. That we have only one way of thinking," Haque said. 

Haque said people were happy to see group marching, and said they're thankful for the opportunity to take part. 

Zarqa Nawaz, a producer known for her role on the CBC Television show Little Mosque on the Prairie, was marching in the parade, holding a sign with a quote from the Qur'an on it. 

Nawaz said the quote was about how people were created differently. 

"The reason He has created us differently is so we can get to know each other and learn from each other," Nawaz said.

"Diversity is very important and it's the key to nationhood." 

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With files from CBC's Eman Bare