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Official Opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism’s international headquarters

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

330 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims around the world, and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada welcomed distinguished guests to the official opening of the Centre’s new permanent headquarters in Ottawa.

In the beautifully restored heritage building at 330 Sussex Drive, formerly the Public Archives of Canada (1905-1967) and the Canadian War Museum (1967-2005), the Centre will continue to expand its work as a global platform for comparative analysis, learning and dialogue about the importance of valuing diversity both in Canada and around the world.

The opening ceremony celebrated the long-standing public-private partnership between His Highness and Canada.

We invite you to follow us on Twitter @GlobalPluralism to see live-tweets from the event with the hashtag #330Sussex.

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Read Opening Remarks by Secretary General John McNee here

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Read Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan here

Read the Address by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada here

 Read the Remarks by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage here

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