Over the years, the Aga Khan has established several major institutions in Canada, including the Aga Khan Museum and Park in Toronto, the Ismaili Imamat, an architectural jewel in the heart of Ottawa and the Ismaili centres in Toronto and Burnaby. In the works are the Aga Khan Garden in Edmonton and a park in Burnaby. In 1985, a group of Ismaili women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of the Aga Khan (the World Partnership Walk). They got 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk to fight global poverty and raised $55,000.
On July 11th, His Highness the Aga Khan marked his Diamond Jubilee, (60 years) as the 49th hereditary Imam of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims. Over the past six decades, the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world in the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation, and economic empowerment.
Over the past six decades, His Highness the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world. In the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation and economic empowerment, he has worked to inspire excellence and improve living conditions and opportunities, including in some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions.
Since 2002, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been supporting the establishment of institutions and programmes that help develop an economically dynamic Kyrgyz Republic. These include the University of Central Asia, the Aga Khan School, Osh, the Aga Khan Medical and Diagnostic Centre in Naryn, the establishment of jailoo kindergartens by the Aga Khan Foundation, the Kyrgyz Investment Credit Bank, and various other initiatives throughout the country.
As His Highness the Aga Khan celebrates a Diamond Jubilee, we are reminded that interfaith bridges of understanding are not the kind of stories that you hear about every day. In his words: “The world we seek is not a world where difference is erased but where difference can be a powerful force for good, helping us to fashion a new sense of cooperation and coherence in our world and to build a better life for all.”