University of Ottawa

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, and the Baha’i Community of Canada.   

Toronto, 25 NOVEMBER 2016, (CBNS)

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 United Nations Headquarters buildings in New York City.

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.

The Shrine of Baha'u'llah, Bahjí, ‘Akká, Israel

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 next year of the bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah, and in 2019, the bicentennial of the birth of the Bab.

(left to right) Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ms. Donlu Thayer, Senior Editor, International Center for Law and Religious Studies (ICLRS), Dr. Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs, Baha’i Community of Canada

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. 


Described in a CBC feature as “embodied light”, the Baha’i House of Worship of South America opens this week in Santiago, Chile.  Designed by Canadian architect Siamak Hariri, the Temple has already received several awards and increasing media attention.  It is the last of eight continental Temples completed by the Baha’i Community around the world, and marks a milestone in the development of the South American Baha’i Commun

(from left to right) Brandon Silver, Project Manager Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), Karen McKye, Secretary, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, Elizabeth Wright, National Assembly, Professor Irwin Cotler, Véronique Malka, Executive Director RWCHR, Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs, Baha’i Community, Corinne Box, Director of Government Relations, Baha’i Community of Canada

The National Spiritual Assembly welcomed former Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler, to the Reception Centre adjacent to the Baha’i Shrine in Montreal on the 7th of September to convey to him the gratitude of the Baha’i community for his unwavering defence of the Baha’is in Iran over more than 25 years in public life. Professor Cotler retired from political office this past year.

Toronto, Ontario, 2 August 2016 (CBNS)

The Canadian Bahá’í National Centre property was purchased more than 40 years ago before the City of Toronto expanded to the northern suburbs of Markham, Richmond Hill and beyond, surrounding the administrative centre of the Bahá’í Community in Canada. Today, the 22-acre property remains a thriving green space around the National Centre building. In addition to a large woodlot, lawns, flower beds and shrubbery that adorn the property, a golf course to the west and municipal parks to the east and north surround the building.