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On Tuesday United Way Winnipeg and the Manitoba Islamic Association co-hosted an open house to celebrate Islamic History Month and an exhibit in United Way’s atrium that features the history and contributions of Muslims in our province.

The 8-panel exhibit being shown in United Way's atrium features the history and contributions of Muslims in Manitoba.

The 8-panel exhibit being shown in United Way’s atrium features the history and contributions of Muslims in Manitoba.

Marilyn McLaren, volunteer chair of United Way’s Board, brought greetings and put the exhibit in perspective.

“We have many people from many walks of life come through these doors every day, and we know that this is one small thing that we at United Way can to do help educate and help build a story of inclusiveness, and we’re really pleased to collaborate with you in doing that.”

“None of us can go it alone, we cannot do this without each other, and the more we can build partnerships and build relationships the better we all are.”

Dr. Idris Elbakri, President of the Manitoba Islamic Association, talked about the privilege and sense of connectedness he felt going through his association’s archives to help create the 8-panel exhibit.

Dr. Idris Elbakri, President of the Manitoba Islamic Association.

Dr. Idris Elbakri, President of the Manitoba Islamic Association.

“Our history as a community is part of Canada’s history, we are part of the Canadian story and that’s something we should be proud of.”

October is Islamic History Month, and the theme this year is Muslim Contributions – Enriching Canada.

Each October since 2014 United Way has partnered with a local Muslim organization to celebrate Islamic History Month with an exhibit in our main floor atrium at 580 Main Street. The exhibit is open to the public all month from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Learn more about the exhibit and take a virtual tour of the panels at www.miaonline.org/islamic-history-month-2016

Video of Monday’s event can be seen online here.

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Islamic History Month unfolds at United Way.

We’re very pleased to host the launch of Islamic History Month Canada’s first public exhibit on Sunday, October 5th in our atrium.

Shahina Siddiqui will deliver a keynote speech, a month-long display will grace the atrium walls, and there will be music and comedy.

Please join us to celebrate Winnipeg’s rich cultural heritage!

Islamic History Month launches at United Way.