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Aga Khan underscores need for democracy-2004-05-20


Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, has outlined the need to recognize the fragility of democracy as a form of governance , its virtues in advancing human development, and the necessity for a better understanding of the Islamic world.

The way to heal the world-2004-05-20


Canada has successfully constructed a public sphere predicated on the ethic of respect for human dignity. It recognizes and builds on difference, enables a spirit of compromise and consensus in public and legislative policies, and marks out a healthy space for the role of civil society as a sound (indeed, essential) bulwark for democratic processes.

Aga Khan to build centre for pluralism-2004-05-20


The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of millions of Ismaili Muslims, says an international centre to promote pluralism will be established in Ottawa.

The wealthy philanthropist, known for his support of development projects in poor Asian and African nations, said yesterday Canada is an ideal place for a secular and non-denominational Global Centre for Pluralism because of this country's rich cultural mosaic and strong democratic tradition.

The centre will conduct research and develop education programs, he said.

Canada NewsWire - Français - FUNDRAISER REACHES WORLD'S NEEDY - 2003-05-24


La 19e édition de la Marche des Partenaires mondiaux a permis de recueillir plus de 3 millions de dollars aujourd'hui et de rassembler des milliers de gens dans plusieurs villes du pays, sous la bannière de la lutte contre la pauvreté dans le monde. La Marche - événement le plus grand de son genre au Canada - a recueilli une somme record grâce à la plus grande participation jamais enregistrée à ce jour de Canadiennes et Canadiens à la recherche d'un moyen de faire la différence dans les pays en développement.

Canada NewsWire - English - FUNDRAISER REACHES WORLD'S NEEDY - 2003-05-24


The 19th annual World Partnership Walk raised more than $3 million today and brought together tens of thousands of people in cities across Canada to fight global poverty. The Walk, the largest event of its kind in Canada, raised record funds and brought out more Canadians than ever looking for a way to make a difference in developing countries.

Speech by Adrienne Clarkson on the Occasion of the Sod-turning Ceremony for The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Foundation

heir Excellencies Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and Mr. John Ralston Saul with His Highness the Aga Khan

Your Highness, you are aware that John Ralston Saul and I have paid two visits to Kabul, Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops deployed there. On our first visit, in December of 2003, we found a city that was practically flattened, and a people that seemed to be in disbelief that they were no longer in the midst of total war. One year later, we returned and immediately sensed that there was new hope. There were more people going about their business in the streets, a wider selection of food in the markets, and increased availability of practical goods like bicycle tires and oil cans.

Canada Supports the Work of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada - CANADA SUPPORTS AKFC - 2005-06-07

The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide a $13.5 million contribution over five years to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) to pursue the Partnership for a New Millenium Program. This initiative will focus on the areas of health, basic education, rural development and civil society strengthening. The Minister made the announcement after meeting His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan during his visit to Ottawa.

Aga Khan announces think-tank for Ottawa: Spiritual leader lauds Canada as an example of a civil society not bound by language, race or religion - OTTAWA - AGA KHAN TO BUILD A CENTRE FOR PLURALISM - 2004-05-21

Ottawa Citizen Ottawa Citizen

He didn't attract as much attention as the Dalai Lama. He rarely does. But by the time he had slipped in and out of Ottawa on his private jet, the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Imami Ismaili Muslims, had given the city, and the country, a major gift.
The Geneva-born imam, who is now based just outside Paris, has announced the creation of the Global Centre for Pluralism, which will be based in Ottawa.



The Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, holds his hand on his heart during the opening ceremony of the new Delegation of Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008.

Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS



Today at 12:01am


For immediate release

Statement by THE Prime Minister OF CANADA

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the House of Commons passing a motion to grant Honorary Canadian Citizenship to His Highness the Aga Khan:

“Today, on the advice of our Government, the House of Commons voted to bestow Honorary Canadian Citizenship upon His Highness the Aga Khan.

In Ottawa, Maki Completes First Building for Aga Khan - 2009-01-29

2009-01-29 - Ottawa Delegation Building

Maki and Associates has completed the first building in the world specifically designed for the Aga Khan and his agencies.

The Stately Launch of the Ismaili Delegation - 2008-12-10


A full hour before he showed up, a throng of more than 100 of his followers waited patiently on Sussex Drive Saturday afternoon, enduring the cold for the chance of a mere glimpse of their spiritual leader.

When the Aga Khan arrived at the opening ceremony of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen, a great cheer arose from the crowd outside.

This in turn set off a round of excited giggling from the throngs of dignitaries inside the dramatic main atrium of the delegation.

An essay in glass - 2008-12-06

The Ottawa Citizen

Six years ago, the Aga Khan presented architects with an unusual challenge: create for him a headquarters in Ottawa that was both transparent and translucent, pleasing and confusing, mysterious, esoteric and ethereal. The budget was impressive, and the demands were exacting. The stunning $54-million structure that resulted officially opens today. Here, according to Maria Cook, who has spoken with the designers and builders and toured the building, is how it came to be.

Aga Khan opens $50-million architectural landmark in Ottawa - 2008-12-06


The Aga Khan, the Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader who ended an eight-day Canadian tour in Vancouver less than two weeks ago, is back in Ottawa today to open a new architectural landmark on Sussex Drive.

The $50-million building is to be the permanent home of the Ismaili Imamat delegation - in effect, an embassy for representatives of his 15 million followers who are scattered in 25 or 30 countries around the globe.

It's the first such Ismaili delegation anywhere, though another is planned for Portugal, and the Aga Khan says more will be eventually built in other places.



The Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, left, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper talk during the opening ceremony of the new Delegation of Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008. The delegation will serve as the headquarters for the humanitarian efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network.

AP The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick



The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslim sect, takes part in the opening ceremony of the new delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa December 6, 2008.




Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) shakes hands with the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, during the opening ceremony of the new delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa December 6, 2008.


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