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Students Stage ‘Mob’ to Change Refugee Misconceptions

March 7, 2012 7:21 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

University of Winnipeg students will take to the streets today to address the misconceptions about refugees living in Canada.

Students from the “War-Affected Children” course will stage a “smart mob” at 12:15 p.m. to raise awareness about the rights and responsibilities of Canada as a host country to refugees, and acknowledge how the country can make the lives of refugees better.

The roughly 10-minute mob will begin in the Underground Concourse with information being handed out to onlookers during that time.

“Our goal is to raise awareness about how we can support refugees who come to Canada by changing people’s attitudes and addressing the common misconceptions about refugees,” said Dr. Jan Stewart, associate professor in the Faculty of Education. “Our goal is to get Canadian’s to realize that it’s not that complicated to just be nice.”