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Remarks by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the inauguration of the Diwan Pavilion at the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta 2022-09-28

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Remarks by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Diwan Pavilion at the Aga Khan Garden, Edmonton, Alberta
(source: Video the.Ismaili)
September 28, 2022

May I begin by thanking you Premier Kenney for your warm hospitality in hosting us here today, and for your support of the initiatives of the Imamat and the Ismaili community over so many years. We are deeply grateful.

It is a privilege to be here with you today and to express on behalf of His Highness and the Ismaili community around the world our gratitude for our permanent friendship.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan inaugurates Diwan Pavilion at Aga Khan Garden, Edmonton 2022-09-28

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The Diwan Pavilion was celebrated in an inauguration ceremony Sept. 28, attended by Princess Zahra Aga Khan on behalf of her father, His Highness the Aga Khan. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani and U of A president Bill Flanagan were also in attendance.

Designed to be a warm, welcoming gathering place, the Diwan Pavilion is an integral part of the Aga Khan Garden, which opened in 2018 as a gift from the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary imam of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims.

New pavilion completes Aga Khan Garden as Ismaili Muslims mark 50 years in Canada 2022-09-28

Princess Zahra Aga Khan (middle), Alberta Lt-Gov Salma Lakhani (left) and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrive at the Diwan Pavil

As Alberta’s Ismaili Muslim community commemorates five decades of history in Canada, many gathered at a ceremony Wednesday unveiling the final piece of the Aga Khan Garden.

The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, gifted the $25-million garden to the University of Alberta and it opened four years ago in the U of A Botanic Garden southwest of Edmonton. The design also includes the Diwan, or pavilion, which was just recently finished, adding indoor gathering space. Additional donors funded construction of the Diwan to the tune of $5.5 million.

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