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Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan and Canadian Prime Minister Perform Foundation of Ismaili Centre, Aga Khan Museum and Park in Toronto - 2010-05-28

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akdn.org

Toronto, 28 May 2010 — His Highness the Aga Khan and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper were in Toronto today to mark the Foundation of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park situated in the city’s Don Mills area.

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2005: Above Perched on Top of a Hill in the Postwar Haven of Don Mills, the Bata International Centre Will Likely Be Replaced by a More Ambitious Architecture Commission Financed Through the Aga Khan.

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Canadian Architect

Viewpoint from Canadian Architect - 2005-10-01

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www.canadianarchitect.com

There is an interesting debate brewing over a site in the historic suburb of Toronto's Don Mills: should we save a modernist building and compromise the designs of two internationally known architects, or should we allow these architects to disseminate global culture unencumbered by a '60s building?

Toronto Islamic arts centre breaks ground - 2010-05-28

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cbc.ca

The leader of the world's Ismaili Muslim community was in Toronto Friday to break ground on what is being billed as the largest Islamic art and culture centre in North America.

The $300-million development slated for Wynford Drive near Don Mills Road will cover 6.8 hectares and will include a museum, an Ismaili cultural centre and a park.

The Aga Khan, leader of the group of Shia Muslims known as Ismailis, said the Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture is his gift to Toronto.

Ground broken for Ismaili Muslim landmark - 2010-05-28

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thestar.com

Nizar Kassam drove all the way from Chicago to Toronto to witness yet another “groundbreaking moment” of the 70,000-strong Ismaili-Canadian community Friday.

The 66-year-old Tanzanian-born Ismaili businessman was in town for the foundation ceremony of the new Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and Islamic park, to be located on a seven–hectare site at Wynford Dr., near Eglinton Ave. E. and Don Mills.

VIDEO: CTV Toronto: Ground breaks at Aga Khan centre in Toronto - 2010-05-28

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toronto.ctv.ca

The Aga Khan is in Toronto today, marking the beginning of development on an Ismaili centre and the Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture.

View the video at the CTV website:
http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100528/aga-khan-centre-...

VIDEO: CBC Second News Report - 2010-05-28

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CBC.ca

The Aga Khan, head of the world's Ismaili Muslim community, unveils plans for the Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture and Prime Minister Stephen Harper bestows the spiritual leader with honorary Canadian citizenship. Includes short interviews of attendees.

View the Video at the CBC website:
http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?category=News&zone=arts/artdesign&si...

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2010-05-28: H.H. The Aga Khan Speaks at the Foundation Ceremony of the Wynford Park Complex after receiving Honourary citizenship from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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www.globaltoronto.com

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan at the Foundation of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park - 2010-05-28

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AKDN.org

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

Prime Minister Harper,
Madame Clarkson,
Honourable Ministers,
Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me begin by expressing my profound appreciation for the great honour which this country has paid to me today by extending this generous gift of Honorary Canadian Citizenship.

I have been deeply moved by your gracious gesture — which I also regard as a tribute to the institution of the Ismaili Imamat, which I represent. It is a significant recognition of the values which our community of faith shares with the people of Canada.

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His Highness the Aga Khan speaks during the foundation ceremony for the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture in Toronto May 28, 2010.

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Reuters Pictures at Dailylife Publishers

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His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) view a model of the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture and their Park during the foundation ceremony in Toronto May 28, 2010.

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Reuters Pictures at Dailylife Publishers

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His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) arrive for the foundation ceremony for the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture and their park in Toronto May 28, 2010.

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Reuters Pictures at Dailylife Publishers

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His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) view a model of the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture and their Park during the foundation ceremony in Toronto May 28, 2010.

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Reuters Pictures at Dailylife Publishers

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His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) view a model of Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture and their Park during the foundation ceremony in Toronto May 28, 2010.

Source: 
Reuters Pictures at Dailylife Publishers

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2010-05-28- Toronto - Aga Khan at Foundation Ceremony 02

His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) unveil the commemorative plaque for the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture and their Park during the foundation ceremony in Toronto May 28, 2010.

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Reuters Pictures at Dailylife Publishers

Blog entry by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff: A day of pride for Canada’s Ismailis - 2010-05-28

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www.liberal.ca

For the more than 70,000 Ismaili Muslims here in Canada, the foundation ceremony for the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre today is a fitting tribute to the man who has done so much to further our understanding of Islamic art and culture – and who continues to work tirelessly on humanitarian projects around the world.

This man is a visionary. Small wonder that he and Trudeau became so close over the years, a friendship that really began when Canada welcomed thousands of Ismaili Muslims fleeing Idi Amin’s Uganda back in 1972.


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