July 11, 2017 marked the beginning of a year-long commemoration of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee. This occasion celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Aga Khan’s leadership as Imam of the Ismaili community.
Over the past six decades, the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world. This important work has been supported in significant ways by Canadians’ generosity. The government of Canada has long been a valued partner and leader in the Aga Khan Development Network’s fight against global poverty. Moreover, individual Canadians from coast to coast have given generously through the World Partnership Walk and in other ways.
Through these partnerships, Canadians have had a lasting impact in the lives of millions in over 30 countries around the world.
Jubilees have traditionally served as opportunities to build legacies for a brighter future, and several milestones for Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) are tied to them. The Aga Khan Foundation was formed in Geneva, Switzerland in 1967 and has since grown into one of the world’s largest not-for-profit international development agencies. In Ottawa, the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat was inaugurated in 2008, at the end of His Highness’s Golden Jubilee year.
On the heels of Canada’s 150th birthday, and in commemorating His Highness’s Diamond Jubilee, we celebrate our shared values of peace, prosperity, equality, and pluralism. We invite you to join us to make an even bigger difference in the world—and celebrate all the ways that we are Canadian, and global citizens.
“Successful experience with democracy, civil society and pluralism are the national genius of Canada of which much of the developing world is in dire need.”—His Highness the Aga Khan, at the foundation ceremony of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, June 6, 2005
To learn more about His Highness the Aga Khan and the Diamond Jubilee, visit the AKDN website.