How One MRU student is responding to the Montreal mosque attack
A celebration of culture
By Jennifer Dorozio, News Editor
Fareshta Ali Bik, organizer of the Cultural and Interfaith Fair wearing a new style of the Afghan traditional dress for her part of the presentation March 7. This particular dress was her own engagement dress. Photo by Jennifer Dorozio
Mount Royal student Fereshta Ali Bik organized the Cultural and Interfaith Fair as a response to the Jan. 29 attack on a Montreal mosque that killed six people. The fair ran March 6-7 and was aimed at promoting diversity and acceptance between students.
“In my Sociology of Religion class, my peers told me that they are fearful and that they are uncomfortable, “ says Ali Bik. “As a Muslim student myself, I wanted to show to MRU students that we are not bad and that everyone should be welcomed here at MRU.”
Ali Bik says she was seeking a way to give back to MRU as she finishes up her program and wants to leave “on a positive note.”
As a part of the event several different groups at MRU were invited to book a table and showcase artifacts, posters, clothing, jewelry and instruments associated with their culture.
The Lions Club, Aisic Club, Afghan Children’s Society and Parent Link Centre came together to support the event. Activities like free Henna, a fashion show and a photo booth were also made available to students.
Ali Bek organized the Fair to coincide with Cultures of MRU week running from March 6-11. The week-long event has various speakers and events such as Maya Hieroglyphics, a Tea and Bannock Talking Circle and the screening of “YYC Colours: A Documentary Addressing Racism in Calgary.”
Ali Bek, is grateful to have had the opportunity to run the event, “Overall, I am blessed. I can take deep breath knowing that I made a difference into the students and the professor’s lives. I am thankful for organizing these two amazing days as I move forward with my life.” She hopes it will continue to happen in coming years.