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U of A student creates online mosaic campaign to encourage diversity
Published Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:37PM MDT
Last Updated Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:59PM MDT
A University of Alberta student created a social media campaign in an attempt to put an end to Islamophobia.
19-year-old Jeremiah Ellis started the Mosaic Campaign where people around the world take a photo holding a sign against Islamophobia with a message encouraging diversity: “United we stand, divided we fall.”
The online campaign was originally supposed to be between Ellis and his friends, but it has since taken off on a much bigger stage than he anticipated: Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe, a mayor in the United States and New Zealand all participated in the online campaign.
“It was really touching to see people and leaders from all across the world join the project,” Ellis said.
Iveson was present at Rogers Place Saturday where the government and the Oilers partnered to hold a swearing-in ceremony for 12 new Canadians.
“I am proud of the fact that Canada continues to be a mosaic, continues to be welcoming and recognizes that different people from different perspectives adds to our country rather than threatens it,” Iveson said.
Now that the online campaign has taken off, Ellis would like to see one more politician join in and spread his message of diversity.
“To see Justin Trudeau make a world mosaic post, because I think he’s been a strong advocate of the issue of Islamophobia.”
With files from Jeremy Thompson