This petition seeks to inform the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, the entity in charge of Toronto's Pearson Airport, that they should immediately correct the Persian/Farsi welcome sign displayed in Toronto's Pearson Airport. Upon arriving at Pearson, the travelers pass by a series of photos of children from different nationalities holding welcome signs in their respective native languages. There are two issues with the photo of the child representing the Iranian-Canadian community:
1- The Persian phrase used for "Welcome" is grammatically incorrect.
2- The picture of a little girl in Islamic hijab grossly distorts the reality about the Iranian-Canadian community: a community that is ethnically and religiously diverse and many of whose members have embraced the right to dress freely in Canada. By portraying Iranian-Canadians as Islamic, the photo excludes many of our community members who are Christian, Jewish, Zoroastrian, or Baha’i or who simply choose not to practice. Furthermore, the photo uses a child to convey a politically charged and incorrect message. We do not believe that children should be used for such a purpose.
This petition is meant to bring these two important points to the attention of the GTAA in hopes that they will be rectified.
The petition organizers wish to thank the Iranian-Canadian community and their allies for their support in this regard.