We all know that these issues of immigration, refugees, citizenship, belonging, diversity, inclusion, empathy – all subjects that His Highness has been talking about for so many years.
These are the core issues of our day.
There is a great deal at stake.
There is a great deal of risk.
… Your Highness again, your contributions are an example to all of us and an inspiration for 6 Degrees. In some ways, what we have done over the last few days could not have happened without many of the things we have heard you say over the years.
Thank you from all of us!
– John Ralston Saul, Co-chair Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) in his concluding remarks
Published on Nov 3, 2016
The marquee event at the inaugural 6 Degrees, the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship is to be awarded annually to a leader whose life has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the ideals of belonging and inclusion. Through words, actions and results, this individual has encouraged thought and dialogue, 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, our central challenge is how we are all to live together.
This must involve upholding human rights, while both engendering inclusion and respect for each other, and celebrating the cultural differences that make us unique. This challenge of weaving together human rights and cultural differences will permit us to leave behind the old racial and religious divisions. This is the basis for true citizenship – meaningful engagement by citizens for citizens founded on shared principles and values.
Special performance by Rufus Wainwright – Internationally-acclaimed vocalist and songwriter
Homage to His Highness the Aga Khan – Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship
Published on Oct 27, 2016
His Highness the Aga Khan is the inaugural recipient of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, awarded annually to a leader whose life has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the ideals of belonging and inclusion.
His Highness the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, a global, multi-ethnic community. The Imam’s mandate includes improving the quality of life of community members and of the wider society. 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 pluralism’s importance to global harmony.
To achieve these goals, His Highness established the Aga Khan Development Network, currently active in 30 countries and employing approximately 80,000 people. AKDN’s non-denominational agencies are responsible for areas ranging from health and education to rural development, architecture, culture and economic sustainability.
Edited by: Bryan Atkinson
Narrated by: the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
Special thanks to: Niv Fichman and Rhombus Media
About 6 Degrees (in 3 minutes)
Published on Nov 25, 2016
A brief recap of 6 Degrees Citizen Space 2016.
6 Degrees is the global forum on inclusion and citizenship. The inaugural edition of 6 Degrees took place from the 19th to the 21st of September 2016, gathering 50 global speakers and 5,000 attendees from 28 countries.
Continue the conversation September 25-27 2017 #6DegreesTO
Discover, Explore and Learn more via Six Degrees Citizen Space 2016 Program Guide
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali