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The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is a national civil liberties and advocacy group for Muslims in Canada. CAIR-CAN is an Ottawa-based, nonprofit organization with a grassroots membership. It is wholly independent and separate from the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, although the two may coordinate on areas of mutual concern.

CAIR-CAN is active in media engagement, anti-discrimination and public advocacy. A respected resource for media professionals, CAIR-CAN comments on current issues, offers nationwide contacts, produces numerous publications (A Journalist's Guide to Islam, for example) and contributes frequent op-eds to Canadian dailies.

According to 2001 census, there were 579,640 Muslims in Canada, just under 2% of the population.[1] In 2006, Muslim population is estimated to be 783,700 or about 2.5%.[2]



Through activism in the areas of media relations, anti-discrimination and political advocacy, CAIR-CAN aims to educate Canadians and empower Canadian Muslims. CAIR-CAN believes misrepresentations of Islam are most often the result of a lack of knowledge on the part of non-Muslims and reluctance on the part of Muslims to articulate their cause.

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