Baha’is of Canada Honour the Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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.

“We are here to honour the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which is seeking justice on behalf of all of us,” said Deloria Bighorn, Chair of the National Assembly and MC of the evening’s program. “Seeking justice and truth for a residential school survivor is also seeking justice and truth for all our children and grandchildren.”

Baha'is celebrate the declaration of the Bab

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.

Social Media Campaign to Focus on Relative of Canadians in Iran’s Evin Prison

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.

From a family that has seen several other members imprisoned because of their Baha’i beliefs, Khanjani has two Canadian relatives in Toronto and Montreal. Niece Nika Khanjani is a film-maker in Montreal and nephew Siavosh Khanjani is a businessman in Toronto.

Canadians Add Their “Voice” to Global Campaign to Mark Seventh Anniversary in Prison of Seven Baha’i Leaders

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. Over the past week many Canadian artists, journalists, parliamentarians and authors including Margaret Atwood and John Raulston Saul, have supported the campaign on Twitter, through the hashtag #7bahais7years.

The campaign is scheduled to run from the 14 of May to the 21 of May and will highlight the arrests of the seven Baha’i leaders in 2008 and the fact that 90 other Baha’is are also prisoners of conscience in Iran. During this week events around the world will recall the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm. One Baha’i leader will be commemorated each day of the campaign beginning with Mahvash Sabet, the first to be arrested, and then continuing in alphabetical order

Electing our Institutions: A Sacred Responsibility

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.