Ottawa, July 11 2011 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Imamat Day:
“Today is Imamat Day and I am pleased to join Ismailis in Canada and around the world in marking the 54th anniversary of the accession of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims.
“We are honoured and privileged to have so many connections between Canada and the work of the Aga Khan.
“Among the connections: Toronto will be home the Aga Khan Museum when it opens in 2013. Sharing the same site will be an Ismaili Centre – the second such community centre in Canada and one of only a handful in the world.
“Then there is the Global Centre for Pluralism located in Ottawa, an international centre for research, education and exchange about the values, practices and policies that make up successful pluralist societies.
“These initiatives exemplify the vision of the Aga Khan, who has acknowledged Canada as a model for the world when it comes to pluralism.