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Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses prestigious LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium in Toronto – The Ismaili
Toronto, 15 October 2010 — Mawlana Hazar Imam addressed the prestigious 10th annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium in Toronto this evening. He was accompanied at the event by Prince Amyn and Prince Rahim.
Speaking at the invitation of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Hazar Imam was warmly welcomed by former Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, and her husband, the prominent Canadian essayist and novelist John Ralston Saul, who together co-chair the Institute.
“What the Canadian experience suggests to me is that identity itself can be pluralistic,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam before a packed audience at the Royal Conservatory’s Telus Centre for Performance and Learning. “Honouring one’s own identity need not mean rejecting others. One can embrace an ethnic or religious heritage, while also sharing a sense of national or regional pride,” explained Hazar Imam.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and John Ralston Saul enjoy a light moment during the “armchair discussion” that followed Hazar Imam`s formal address to the 10th annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium. Photo: Moez Visram
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