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During the month of March, youth from across Canada gathered to celebrate Kosen-rufu Day March 16. It was on that day in 1958 that the youth of SGI were handed the responsibility of kosen-rufu (the process of establishing the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism in society) by Second President Josei Toda.
On March 30, Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary hosted the exhibition "Everything You Treasure : For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons" sponsored by the Soka Gakkai International. The exhibition was displayed in the busy student corridor aptly named Mainstreet and drew many visitors and interest.
On April 5, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg invited representatives of SGI to a luncheon put on by Rotary's World Peace Partners. President of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, David Newman, advocate and peace builder, cited the work that SGI does for peace and the sustainability of our planet.
The conference took place at the Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC), a state of the art conference facility where practitioners meet to deepen their understanding of Buddhism and renew their vow to dedicate their life in working toward a peaceful world. There were 201 youth representatives in attendance from across the United States, New Zealand, Saint Martin and Canada.
SGI Canada practitioners in Vancouver were thankful for having received SGI President Ikeda’s warm and encouraging New Year’s message for our annual Western Region Lunar New Year Gongyo Meeting.
Calgary started 2017 on a cold note with frigid temperatures. However, the weather had completely shifted for Harmony District Chinese New Year's meeting on January 15. Harmony district practitioners and guests excitedly gathered at the SGI Canada Calgary Culture Centre to pre-celebrate the Year of the Rooster.
On February 4, two Calgary Chinese language districts, Fortune and Victory, held a joint meeting to usher in the Year of the Golden Rooster. The meeting began with energetic chanting, followed by the reading of President Ikeda’s message and the New Year’s Gosho.
On January 1, SGI Canada celebrated 2017, “Year of Developing Youth in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu,” in high spirits. These New Year meetings were held from Vancouver Island to the Atlantic coast. Although in some places the meetings were cancelled due to inclement weather the SGI members remained undaunted in working for kosen-rufu.