The concept of Stories: Our American Journey, was first conceived by a small group of individuals, including professional Ismaili artists, about a year ago.

Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa started bright and early with breakfast at the traditional Mayor’s Canada Day Celebration for Seniors. 

Burnaby, Canada, 1 December 2013 – John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, delivered the Ismaili Centre Lecture, in which he described pluralism as being central to Canadian identity. Featuring speakers of distinction, Ismaili Centre Lectures are held regularly at Centres around the world, and seek to encourage exchange, mutual understanding and friendship between peoples of diverse communities and faiths.

As the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada honours Mawlana Hazar Imam with their Gold Medal, Mehnaz Thawer explores how the Imam has demonstrated that architecture can extend beyond the structural, the functional and the aesthetic. It can give shape to cultural values, traditions, aspirations, and be a bedrock for sustainable development.

Since its inauguration in 2009, Khorog City Park in Tajikistan has become a popular year-round destination. Even in the deep freeze of the winter, children zipped through the park last year, laughing and throwing snowballs. But this winter, Khorog’s frozen pond will also come alive, as the joy of ice skating is shared between young Ismailis in Tajikistan and Canada, half a world away.

After years of anticipation, the Jamat across Canada came together to celebrate the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park in Toronto. They eagerly shared their thoughts and feelings about how the new developments will impact their identity as Ismaili Muslims in Canada.

The Aga Khan Museum Collection, which has been travelling across Europe since 2007, will ultimately find its permanent home in a new museum being established in Toronto. Reflecting the diversity and pluralism that characterises the Muslim world, the artwork and objects that comprise the Collection are helping to foster a greater appreciation of our collective human heritage and shared history.

Thursday afternoon, President Mohamed Manji of the Ismaili Council for Canada carried the Olympic torch through the Don Mills neighbourhood of Toronto. Earlier in the day, community members gathered for a pre-torch event hosted by the Ismaili community in partnership with the Flemingdon Food Bank.

CIVIC, an initiative to engage Jamati youth, appealed to the social conscience of young Ismailis by inviting them to give back to their local communities through voluntary service. More than 1 100 participants contributed over 4 400 hours of service to projects that benefited communities across Canada.