Premier Ranj Pillai has issued the following statement:
“Muslims around the world and here in the Yukon are preparing for Ramadan.
“Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed as a month of reflection, fasting, prayer and community.
“For those who observe, fasting takes place during the daylight hours for the month of Ramadan, which can of course be a challenge in the North at this time of year. If you have Muslim friends, family or colleagues who are fasting, you can be supportive in their observation of Ramadan. Being mindful of fasting rules – now may not be the time to schedule a lunch or coffee catch-up. Do ask questions and learn more about this important holy month, and attend an iftar if invited.
“The territory’s Muslim population continues to grow and is represented by the vibrant Yukon Muslim Society. Our territory’s first mosque opened in Whitehorse in 2018 and demonstrates the inclusive, culturally vibrant society we aim to be. I know the mosque will be busy over the next month with prayers and feasts. I hope Ramadan is a fruitful and reflective time for all taking part.