Baha’is Hold Their National Convention

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada, elected at the convention. Calgary, 26 April 2016 (CBNS) — Delegates from across Canada elected their national governing council, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, for the coming year over the past weekend in Calgary. The National Assembly consists of nine members elected out of all adult members of the Baha’i community in Canada.

Faith Communities Committed to Reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous Peoples

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation. © CIC Toronto, Ontario, 29 March 2016 (CBNS) —

A number of Canadian faith communities, including the Baha’i Community of Canada, have responded positively to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action. In a "Statement on the Importance of Truth and Reconciliation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples", the Canadian Interfaith Conversation responded formally to the Commission’s 48th “Call to Action” addressed to Canada’s religious and interfaith communities, asking that they respond by March 31st.

Consecutive holy days celebrate the births of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

The Shrine of Baha'u'llah near Akka, Israel . © BIC Toronto, Ontario, 12 November 2015 (CBNS) — This is the first year that Baha’is around the world will celebrate two of their most important holy days on consecutive days, November 13 and 14. The first day commemorates the birth of the Bab, the Herald of the Baha’i Faith, and the second, the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Iranian Baha’i refugees the subject of Carleton University symposium

Speakers at the Symposium (l to r) Janet Grinsted, Douglas Martin, Gerry Van Kessel . © Baha'i Community of Canada Toronto, Ontario, 1 October 2015 (CBNS) —

“You will be scattered like gems across the country.”

That is what Mina Sanaee recalled Douglas Martin telling her when he visited Baha’i refugees in Pakistan in the early 1980s. Mr Martin was the Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada at that time, when Canada was the first country to open its doors to Baha’i refugees fleeing violent persecution in Iran. “Each Baha’i [who left Iran] faced a supremely painful decision [to leave] after patiently enduring daily acts of violence and injustice…. We were dispirited,” Ms Sanaee said, but “he encouraged us with this message.”

Baha’i Representative Appointed to Canada’s External Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom

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.

The Baha’i member was appointed by the government to serve as the vice-chair of the Advisory Committee. Father Raymond J. de Souza, a Roman Catholic priest from Kingston, was appointed chair and Malik Talib, President of the Aga Khan Council for Canada, was appointed as a second vice chair.