From St. John’s, Newfoundland to Port Alberni, British Columbia, from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to Whitehorse in the Yukon, Baha’is and their friends have been preparing for months to celebrate a momentous occasion with millions around the globe: the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet and Founder of the Baha’i Faith.
In honour of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, issued the following statement of thanks and appreciation:
Greetings to the Baha’i Community of Canada!
It is my honour as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations to send my best wishes to the Baha’is of Canada and the entire Baha’i community around the world on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. This is a milestone worth celebrating!
"A wall can be a sea, a wall can be a desert, but the most difficult wall is the wall in our hearts. We are all human beings here,” said Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station.
This was one of the comments made in a three-day “Citizen Space” convened by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) at the Art Gallery of Ontario, from September 25-27, 2017.
“Namwayut, ‘Namwayut, ‘Namwayut.”
On Sunday September 24, 2017, local Baha’is and their friends joined 50,000 people of all backgrounds at the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, situated on the traditional shared territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations.
Every week, a growing group of newcomers to Canada gather at the Wesbrook Welcome Centre at the University of British Columbia to learn words and concepts that help them think about how to contribute to their new community. This group is one of several across the Greater Vancouver Area (GVA) run by a volunteer facilitator, coordinated and supported by the Colibri Learning Foundation.
UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan is sharing what he calls a “surprising message of hope” through the CBC Massey Lectures this year. Akhavan describes his five-part lecture series and book In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey as “part memoir, part history, and part call to action.”
Mahvash Sabet, one of the seven members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran who were imprisoned due to religious beliefs, has been released after completing her unjust 10- year prison sentence.