A young Toronto entrepreneur is using a scarf covered in maple leaves and other Canadian iconography to promote inclusion.
“It came about after I’d seen a bunch of posts of Facebook that started to make me feel uncomfortable not only about the refugees but also Islamophobia.”
Richard Cosh decided to make a Canadian themed hijab – a Muslim head covering.
“I wasn’t sure what people would think of me doing it, and I kind of showed what I’d been working on and people were so ecstatic. It kind of caught fire and it’s been great ever since.”
“What we’re going to do is see if there’s any Syrian refugees who would like to get a job out of actually making them.”
While Cosh is clear the project is a for-profit enterprise, he says he plans to use it to try and create social benefits, among them supporting veterans through the Quilts of Valour program.