Members of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) for Religious Freedom . © DFATD
Toronto, Ontario, 24 July 2015 (CBNS)

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently announced the establishment of an External Advisory Committee on religious freedom. The committee is comprised of 23 members from a variety of Canadian faith and belief communities, including the Director of Government Relations for the Baha’i Community of Canada, Corinne Box.

Dr. Nazila Ghanea, H.M Balyuzi Lecturer for 2015 . ©
Toronto, Ontario, 21 July 2015 (CBNS)

The 39th annual North American conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies, entitled “Advancing the Life of the Mind” is scheduled to take place this August 6th to 9th in Orange County, California.

The shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israël. © Aaron Morgulis
Toronto, Ontario, 7 July 2015 (CBNS)

This year July 10th marks the 165th anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb-- the first of the twin Prophet figures of the Bahá’í Faith. For the Bahá’í community the Martyrdom of the Báb is a holy day commemorated annually by Bahá’ís across Canada, and the world over.

Still from 'The Path Home' a film commissioned by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada to honour those who have contributed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. © Illumine Media
Toronto, Ontario, 2 July 2015 (CBNS)

The National Spiritual Assembly, the Baha’i Community of Canada’s national governing council, hosted a special dinner, film and talking circle to honour the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on Thursday 28 May just prior to the Closing Events of the Commission which took place in Ottawa, May 31 to June 3.

The shrine of the Bab at night in Haifa, Israel. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 22 May 2015 (CBNS)

On May 24th, Baha’i communities in Canada and around the world celebrate a holy day commemorating the very beginning of the Baha’i Faith, a day known to Baha’is as the Declaration of the Báb.

The Bahá’í Faith began with the mission of two divine messengers, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. The Báb was the Herald who prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of seven Baha'i Leaders imprisoned in Iran. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 15 May 2015 (CBNS)

A global social media campaign, Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders, focuses on Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani on Saturday 16 May. Over 80 years of age, Mr. Khanjani is the oldest of the seven prisoners whose 20-year sentences are the longest terms of any current prisoners of conscience in Iran.

Official campaign logo: Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 13 May 2015 (CBNS)

Several prominent Canadians, have added their “voice” to the global campaign Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders. Coordinated by the Baha’i International Community, the campaign calls for the immediate release of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders now in their seventh year of incarceration in Iran.

Delegates at the National Convention. © Donald Long
Toronto, 27 April 2015 (CBNS)

As happens each springtime during the Baha’i holy festival of Ridvan, delegates from across Canada again elected their national governing council, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, on the weekend of April 23-26 in Toronto.

Delegates from Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and all ten provinces elected Deloria Bighorn, Karen McKye, Mehran Anvari, Elizabeth Wright, Judy Filson, Enayat Rawhani, Ciprian Jauca, Hoda Farahmandpour, and Susanne Tamas to serve on the National Spiritual Assembly for the coming year.

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson speaks on the plenary panel with moderator Bruce Clemenger, President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk, former director of interdisciplinary programs at Simon Fraser University and Prof. James Christie, University of Winnipeg. © Alistair Eagle
Toronto, 6 April 2015 (CBNS)

“We need to move beyond the binary of religious versus secular, public versus private, faith versus reason, and concentrate instead on working together for the good of our whole society.”

2 March 2015 (CBNS)

Many of more than 90 communities across Canada screened the film “To Light a Candle” on Friday as part of the campaign “Education Is Not a Crime” ( launched on 27 February by Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Other communities will be screening the film over the coming days.

The film calls attention to the refusal by Iranian authorities to allow Baha’is to attend university and their attacks on efforts to provide some measure of university education to Baha’is.