Winner of Inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship
Institute for Canadian Citizenship annonces His Highness the Aga Khan to be the first recipient of inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship. The Prize will be awarded at the marquee event of 6 Degrees – the new public initiative of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship at 7:30 pm on September 21, 2016 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. This annual prize has been reserved for an individual who has, through thought and dialogue, encouraged approaches and strategies that strive to remove barriers, change attitudes, and reinforce the principles of tolerance and respect.
The symbolic importance of this prize has never been greater. In a time of unprecedented movement, displacement and re-settlement by immigrants and refugees, one of the central challenges the world faces, is how we all live together.
His Highness the Aga Khan is the first recipient of this globally relevant prize. The 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, His Highness has dedicated his life’s work to improving living conditions for the world’s most vulnerable populations, and to fostering an understanding of the importance of pluralism to global harmony. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), founded and chaired by His Highness, is active in 30 countries and employs over 80,000 people. Its non-‐denominational agencies work in areas ranging from health and education to rural development, architecture, culture, economic sustainability and strengthening civil society.
At the award ceremony, His Highness the Aga Khan will receive the prize from the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, and will share his wisdom and experiences with the audience on issues confronting the world today. He will then be joined on stage for a conversation with Madame Clarkson.
Remarking on the prize and the selection of the recipient, Adrienne Clarkson says: “Through his words, through his actions, and through the results obtained by the institutions that he has pioneered, he is a beacon of light in much of the world’s conflicting darkness.”
The internationally-acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Rufus Wainwright will perform in honour of the prize recipient. The event will be livestreamed on the 6 Degrees website and the AKDN and TheIsmaili websites. Tickets are sold out.
The jury for the 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize has also been announced. It consist of The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., The Hon. Bill Graham, C.M., P.C., John Ralston Saul, C.C, and the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, P.C., C.C.