Canadian Bahá'í News Service

Thousands to gather across Canada to celebrate historic bicentenary

TORONTO, 20 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

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.

Baha'is receive message of greetings from National Chief

OTTAWA, 19 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

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!

6 Degrees Citizen Space builds bridges, breaks down walls

TORONTO, 6 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

"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.

“We Are All One”: Thousands join Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, 3 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

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.

Service is a path to more united communities

VANCOUVER, 21 SEPTEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

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.

2017 CBC Massey Lectures call for a new spirit of human rights

TORONTO, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

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.”

One of Seven Unjustly Imprisoned Baha'i Leaders Released Today

GENEVA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2017, (BIC)

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.

Canadian Baha’is participate in Indigenous-led National Day of Prayer and Mindfulness

TORONTO, 15 AUGUST 2017, (CBNS)

On August 6th, Baha’is across Canada participated in a National Day of Prayer and Mindfulness, which was initiated by Dave Courchene, an Elder at Turtle Lodge, Manitoba, on behalf of the National Council of Indigenous Elders. The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada called on the Canadian Baha’i community across the country to participate in what it termed a “wonderful initiative” and an “inspiring invitation”.

The Association for Baha’i Studies holds its 41st Annual Conference

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, 7 AUGUST 2017, (CBNS)

The Association for Baha’i Studies—North America is holding its 41st annual conference in Anaheim, California, from August 10-13, 2017.

A number of themes will be explored at the conference this year, including race unity and the challenge of inequality. The conference is also being held during the year of the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, an occasion for celebration and reflection on the implications of his teachings for many fields of human endeavour.

Young people gather to reflect on the role of religion in Canadian society

OTTAWA, 15 JULY 2017 (CBNS)

From June 28-30, five Baha’is joined a group of 75 young people in Ottawa to participate in a conversation about the role of religion in Canadian common life, the importance of religious freedom, and the true nature of pluralism. Participants in the gathering came from across the country and from diverse religious backgrounds.