Her own experience with racism and xenophobia as a young newcomer to Canada inspired one Winnipeg high school student to take action.

In Grade 3, not long after Palvi Saini immigrated to Winnipeg from India, children in her school called her a terrorist and told to her to go back to her own country, she said.

"I never told the teacher what was happening to me because I didn't know there was someone that I could tell in the school, so for two or three years I just dealt with it on my own," Saini said.

The experience left a lasting mark and in part helped inspire Saini, now in Grade 12, to organize the "Fear Less, Love More" rally against Islamophobia in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

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