Big Ideas is a series of talks addressing some of humanity’s shared challenges and opportunities as we work to advance an emerging global civilization. This series brings together perspectives from the Baha'i writings with current research and experience as well as contemporary discourses on key issues of our time.
Friday, February 11, 2022, 7:30pm EST

“The History of the Bahá'í Faith in the Canadian North: Under One Tent” with Leslie Cole

Bahá'ís have been in the Canadian North since the 1950s and their history runs parallel to the introduction of government services and the rise of Indigenous self-determination in the late 1950s and 1960s. Although some Bahá'í travellers visited the North in the early 1900s, Bahá'í pioneers began to move to Northern communities in the Yukon and Northwest Territories in response to a global teach-ing plan set out by the Guardian of the Faith, Shoghi Effendi, starting in 1953. Leslie Cole has been researching the lives of those early pioneers and the early Indigenous believers who became important national teachers of the Faith. In a forthcoming book, she hopes to show how cultural and geographical factors influenced who accepted the Bahá'í Faith and when – and to tell the stories of those early pioneers and long-time believers in Northern Canada.

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