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From June 1-11, SGI Canada Women's leader Helen Izumi-Choi and SGI Canada Young Women's Leader Mai Ogushi were joined by Prairie Region Women's Leader Paula Reich for an 11-day visit of five Prairie Region cities: Regina, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
The Japanese Language Caledon Conference was held from June 21-24 with 61 participants. The successful and inspiring conference included all age groups from those in their early 20s up to one participant who was 89.
Based on the success of the conferences we have had over the years at the Caledon Centre for Culture and Education, the women's and young women's groups in Calgary created a locally based "Caledon" conference this year.
SGI practitioner, residential school survivor, and award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie (1933-2016) has been honoured at UBC’s new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre with the Loyie Brissenden Archives.
Kuniko Uyeno has lived with happiness and hope for over 50 years since becoming quadriplegic. On April 10, at Launch Open Mic at Vancouver's Roundhouse Community Centre "A Living Rainbow" slideshow examining the life of this pioneer SGI Canada practitioner was presented.
For over 20 years, Vancouver Area 7 has continued the tradition of hosting Memorial Gongyo Meetings in Western Region. This year's Spring Memorial Gongyo Meeting was held on April 5, at the Vancouver Culture Centre with 150 practitioners and guests attending. Practitioners from the other Vancouver SGI Areas attended as well.
Beginning on March 7, eight representative SGI Canada youth leaders attended the SGI Youth Training Course in Tokyo, Japan. They joined in with 250 representative youth leaders from 65 countries and territories in the six-day course.
For SGI practitioners, March is one of the most important months of the year. March 16 is called Kosen-rufu Day as it was on that day in 1958 that the youth of Soka Gakkai were handed the responsibility of world peace by second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda.
On February 28, a ceremony was held at the Université Laval Library in which 150 volumes of SGI President Ikeda’s works in French and English were donated to the library inaugurating a new project, the first of its kind in Canada.
On March 4, Ms. Katsu Suzuki, who will be 90 this year, was honoured by Winnipeg practitioners during their March Kosen-rufu Day World Peace meeting. Ms. Suzuki was present at the historic meeting 60 years ago on March 16, 1958.
The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition was hosted at the University Guelph-Humber’s North Atrium from February 27 – March 1. The exhibition, which stresses our interconnectedness with all life, and highlights the importance of human and ecological sustainability, was presented as part of the university’s Global Citizenship course taught by SGI Canada practitioner, Dr. Paul Sherman.
On February 23-24, embodying the spirit of "One Is the Mother of Ten Thousand", the practitioners in Regina had the most fulfilling meetings with new guests and visiting Prairie Region leaders, Ian Mattinson and Paula Reich.
In this Year of Brilliant Achievement in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, Harmony District determined to celebrate Chinese New Year at SGI Calgary Centre in a different way. With an aim to expand dialogue of sincerity and encouragement in the Calgary Chinese Community we decided to hold an introductory seminar on Nichiren Buddhism.