Approximately 200 people came together to mark World Religion Day at city hall in Gatineau, Québec, earlier in January.
The program, which took place on 21 January 2007, consisted of three parts: devotions, addresses by representatives of various faith groups on the topic of religious unity, and artistic presentations. Participants included members of the Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, First Nations, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities. Simultaneous translation into English and French was provided for the audience.
Within Iqaluit’s population of around 5200, a unique friendship has been developing among a group of neighbours with considerably different backgrounds.
What is remarkable about this friendship is that it has developed not through a hobby or a sport or a club, but rather through prayer.
The group—which comprises individuals of Inuit, French-Canadian, English-Canadian, Indian, Persian, and Russian backgrounds—gathers every week in a home in Nunavut’s capital to say prayers from different religions and in different languages.
An innovative online learning resource and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge has earned a Gander, Newfoundland, teacher the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Achievement.
Grade 5 teacher and long-time Bahá’í Jim Cornish accepted the honour in a ceremony held on 11 January 2007 at the Gander Academy, where he teaches. In attendance were fellow teachers, school administrators, the Gander mayor, the local Member of Canadian Parliament, and almost 400 students.
A champion pow-wow dancer, respected role-model for youth, and eager promoter of the Bahá’í Faith died last week. Earl Healy, a prominent member of the Blood Tribe in Alberta, passed away on 21 November 2006 at the age of 69.
One of Earl Healy’s most dedicated activities was sharing his understanding of the Bahá’í Faith with fellow aboriginals around the world and discussing the religion’s affinity to aboriginal spirituality.
Bahá’í communities around Canada are holding open events this week to raise awareness of the importance of the freedom to choose one’s religion, to coincide with the anniversary of the adoption of a key United Nations document on the subject.
The Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly 25 years ago. Its tenets include the right to choose one’s religion and the right of parents to raise their children according to the religion of their choosing.
A United Nations resolution, tabled by the Canadian Government, calling attention to the serious human rights situation in Iran was welcomed today by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada, the Bahá’í national governing council.
Helping newly-arrived residents, especially women, learn the official languages and promoting a sense of world citizenship in schools are two of the recommendations put forth by the Bahá’í community of Quebec to the provincial government as part of a dialogue on the question of racism.
The paper submitted by the Bahá’ís comes at the invitation of the Quebec government to members of various cultural communities to consult about ways to combat racism and discrimination in the province. The recommendations will help shape the government’s future policy on the issue.
The Bahá’í Community of Canada’s main agency dedicated to international development has launched a website outlining its work and vision of social and economic development.
The Canadian Bahá’í International Development Agency (CBIDA) takes on projects in areas like education, sustainable development through agriculture, and community development that aim to enrich the social and spiritual life of the community. Among the countries in which it has collaborated on projects are Columbia, Honduras, and India.
A major television series about how gardens provide spaces in which to connect with the divine will profile the terraces at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel, in an episode to be aired nationally later in November.
The series, “Recreating Eden,” looks at gardens in Canada and around the world that have spiritually transformed the lives of their designers and visitors.