The Government of Canada has been a leading nation in support of the Baha’is who are facing escalating persecution in Houthi-controlled Yemen.

On November 8, 2018, Canada was joined by the governments of Australia, Germany and the United States in making the following joint statement on the situation of the Baha’is in Yemen:

We are deeply concerned about the worsening treatment of Bahá’ís in Yemen, particularly by the Houthis in Sana’a.


“Learning about Baha’u’llah has brought a calmness to my life, a peacefulness that I didn't have before,” said Keisha Gayle, a mother of four from Toronto. 


The Parliament of the World’s Religions featured a range of film-makers who shared their work and discussed the use of media as a tool for social change. A number of Baha’is showed films on a variety of themes, including inter-religious understanding, youth empowerment, the advancement of girls and women, and religious history.


More than 8,500 people gathered at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held from November 1-7. The Parliament is one of the largest interfaith gatherings in the world, which has taken place in the past in Chicago (1893, 1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015).


From November 1-7, 2018, more than 8,000 people will converge on the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to participate in one of the largest gatherings of people learning about humanity’s religious and spiritual inheritance.


Across Canada this summer, Baha’i communities brought together youth to learn about working with their younger peers to contribute to the betterment of their neighbourhoods.

From the West Coast to the Atlantic, more than 300 youth in 16 locations across the country spent their summer training to become junior youth animators: youth who work with adolescents aged 12 to 15 through the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program.

SANA'A, Yemen, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018, (BWNS)

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi authorities have, in a court hearing Saturday, targeted some 20 Baha’is with a string of baseless charges. This action comes at a time when the leader of the Houthis has incited the population to violence against Baha’is and other religious minorities.

NEW YORK, 12 September 2018, (CBNS)

At the recent 2018 United Nations High-Level Political Forum, held in New York over the summer, the Baha’i community made a number of contributions to the conversation about the role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), collectively referred to as Agenda 2030.

The Forum is an annual gathering of member states of the UN and others to review progress toward the achievement of the SDGs.

New Westminster, B.C., 1 AUGUST 2018, (CBNS)

In Queen’s Park of New Westminster, British Columbia, stands a totem pole that honours Dorothy Maquabeak Francis, a woman whose legacy of service to humanity is still influencing lives today. Dorothy Francis was a member of the Baha’i community, who among many other significant contributions, established the first Indian Friendship Centre in Canada.

Toronto, 9 July 2018, (CBNS)

Baha’is in hundreds of cities, towns, and villages across the country will gather tomorrow to commemorate the martyrdom of “the Báb”, the Prophet-Herald of their Faith.

Ashraf Rushdy, a Baha’i from Toronto, said that the Bab had a specific role in the development of the Baha’i Faith. “His mission was to gather people and to help them prepare themselves to recognize Baha’u’llah.”

The Bab, whose given name was Siyyid-Ali Muhammad, was born in 1819 in the city of Shiraz, Iran.