Canada Participates in Interfaith Dialogue Project
On March 10, two SGI-Canada members participated in the Burnaby Inter-Faith Dialogue Project Forum held in Burnaby, British Columbia. The Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table (BIPT) organized the forum, which was supported by funding through Embrace BC--an organization that promotes understanding between peoples of different faiths and the development of communities where all faiths and diversity are valued and respected. BIPT also focuses on making Burnaby a more welcoming community.
Organizers of the event initially had difficulty finding Buddhist representatives for the event but came to know about the SGI Student Club at Burnaby's Simon Fraser University (SFU) and invited the club members to participate.
Attendance goals for the forum exceeded expectations, with some 140 participating. Guests included local citizens representing a variety of faiths and officials from the municipal and provincial governments, Immigrant Services Society and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
[Adapted from an article in the May 2011 issue of the SGI-Canada Online News, SGI-Canada]