In response to reports that a gunman opened fire in a mosque in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on Sunday night, killing six people and wounding several others, the following statement was made by Dr. Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs for the Baha’i Community of Canada:
Director of Government Relations for the Baha’i Community of Canada, Corinne Box, participated in a recent High-Level Forum on Combatting Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Hate that was hosted at the UN Headquarters in New York. She was invited to participate by the Government of Canada.
The event, which brought together people of many faiths and backgrounds, representatives from several nations and international bodies, and individuals working in a variety of sectors, saw a unified response emphasizing the need to focus on our common humanity.
As Canada moves towards re-engaging Iran, human rights must be an important part of this relationship. This was a repeated theme at a public panel discussion held at the University of Ottawa on November 22. The panel was organized by the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies, foreign policy website OpenCanada.org, and the Baha’i Community of Canada.
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada has announced the results of the annual election of six regional Baha’i Councils in Canada. The Councils serve the Atlantic area, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. They represent an intermediary level in the administration of Baha’i communities in Canada, between the National Assembly and Local Spiritual Assemblies.
The Canadian government again played a central role this year at the United Nations in proposing, with 41 co-sponsors, a resolution that the UN condemn Iran for its human rights violations. Canada has been the leader in initiating similar resolutions at the UN General Assembly since 2002.
In late 2002, the Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Baha’is of the world, announced that the last of a series of continental Houses of Worship would be constructed in Santiago, Chile.Michelle Murphy, a Baha’i from Canada who attended the inauguration, shares her reflections on the significance of the House of Worship in her life - a sample of the experience of many Canadian Baha'is.
Representatives and members of the Baha’i community of Canada were active participants in the 2017 annual conference of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation conference, held in Toronto on October 26-27.
This week Baha’is around the world commemorate two holy days that are both unique in the Baha’i calendar and of immense significance in human history. The holy days, on the first and second of November this year, mark respectively the births of the two most important Luminaries of the Baha’i Faith, the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah. This year’s celebration anticipates an even more public and stirring celebration ne
Joining 97 delegates from over 40 countries, a representative of the Baha’i community of Canada was invited as one of three Canadian delegates to attend the annual conference on law and religion organized by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS). The conference, “Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World”, was held at Brigham Young University, October 2-5.