Bridges that Unite Exhibit to be Presented at Pier 21, Canada's Immigration

    Thought-provoking Exhibition Invites Canadians to Explore Our Nation's
    Global Leadership Role

OTTAWA, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Bridges that Unite, an interactive exhibition showcasing Canada's ability to bridge the developed and the developing worlds, is set to arrive in Halifax next week as part of a cross-Canada tour.

Presented from October 4 to November 4 at Pier 21, Canada's Immigration Museum, the exhibit invites visitors to consider Canada's role in the world through the lens of a remarkable 25-year partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in some of the world's most isolated and impoverished regions. Thought-provoking stories, spanning several continents, are told through powerful images, evocative soundscapes and multimedia components.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, is presenting the bilingual exhibition which provides an opportunity to share the experience of the past quarter-century and chart a way forward for Canada and the world, explains

Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer of AKFC.

"The exhibition draws on our rich experience in the developing world to spark conversations about what Canada and Canadians can do to ensure a more peaceful, prosperous and pluralist world. We are delighted to continue this important dialogue in Halifax and we look forward to teaming up with Pier 21 and other key partners to present Bridges that Unite."

The exhibition provides an ideal platform for in-depth exchanges on some of the most pressing questions of the 21st century and plays host to a range of on-site events including free weekly film screenings, cultural events, performances, and school programs. Local guides are on hand to engage with visitors and animate special activities.

"This collaboration offers Pier 21 a unique opportunity to reflect on the rich diversity of what Canada and Canadians bring to the world, and how Canada's role internationally impacts our national identity," said Robert Moody, Chief Executive Officer, of Pier 21 Society. "We are very excited to partner with Aga Khan Foundation Canada."

Bridges that Unite is presented daily, free of charge, in the Ralph and Rose Chiodo Harbourside Gallery at Pier 21 located at 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax.

For more information, including details on the weekly calendar of events, visit or contact Aga Khan Foundation Canada at or 1-800-267-2532 ext. 100

                               UPCOMING EVENTS

Panel Discussion on International Journalism: Wednesday, October 7th, in Pier 21's Windsor Foundation Global Classroom, co-hosted with Kings College School of Journalism. Panelists: Ian Porter (Instructor, University of King's College), Stephen Puddicombe (CBC News National Reporter) Zulekha Nathoo (CBC TV Calgary Reporter, formerly Nation TV Kenya Reporter).

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a Canadian international development organization, and an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, founded in 1980. Working primarily in Asia and Africa, AKFC works to address the root causes of poverty.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of non-denominational development agencies founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, with wide-ranging mandates covering social, economic and cultural development.

Bridges that Unite began its successful cross-country journey in Victoria with tour stops in Calgary, Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo. The tour will continue in 2010 with stops in Ottawa, Montréal and Toronto in 2010. It is presented with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

SOURCE Aga Khan Foundation Canada

For further information: For further information: including photographs and programming details, media are invited to contact: Jennifer Morrow, AKFC Manager, Communications, Telephone: (613) 237-2532 x 107, Email:; Skana Gee, Bridges That Unite, Media Relations Coordinator, Telephone: (902) 466-7191 (w), (902) 223-5234 (c), Email:; Cailin MacDonald, Pier 21 Society, Communications Manager, Phone: (902) 425-2320, Email:

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