A Rallying Cry: Canada’s #MyOttawa Social Campaign

Oct 24 • Culture, Social Media • 1902 Views

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Wednesday, October 22 marked a day of Canadian unification. Residents of Ottawa in particular showed profound pride in their city. What spurred the sudden resurgence of the #MyOttawa hashtag on Thursday morning? It was a rallying cry against the gunman who stormed Ottawa’s National War Memorial and Parliament on Wednesday, killing a Canadian armed forces member on duty that day.

 

Canadian authorities pushed a return to normalcy the day following the incident, but Twitter users banded together to share their national pride and support for Ottawa. The #MyOttawa hashtag existed before the event – which Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling a terrorist attack on the city – but, its use has increased and taken on a new meaning.

 

The pride of Ottawa residents is quite evident as the hashtag has soared in the past two days. Everyone from current long-time residents to nostalgic summer visitors to those who have since moved away had something to say about their city following the tragedy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you feel affected by the attack on the National War Memorial and Parliament? What does #MyOttawa mean to you?

 

 

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