Exhibition opens in Vancouver - Traveling exhibition invites Canadians to explore our nation's ability to build bridges for global development

    VANCOUVER, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - An interactive exhibition showcasing
Canada's ability to bridge the developed and the developing worlds will open
its doors Wednesday in Vancouver. Bridges that Unite, running June 11 - 22 at
the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 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.
    Covering 4,500 sq. ft., Bridges that Unite offers a vibrant space in
which to explore some of the most pressing questions of the 21st Century.
Thought-provoking stories, spanning several continents, are told through
powerful images, evocative soundscapes and interactive, multimedia components.
Admission is free.
    The exhibition also introduces 11 Canadian Agents of Change --
individuals, from all walks of life, who are part of the bridge of people
transforming thinking about how to address today's global challenges.
    Khalil Z. Shariff, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an agency of
the AKDN, explained Bridges that Unite is an opportunity to share the
experience of the past 25 years and chart a way forward for Canada and the
    "Canada at its best has had a real impact in a way that is sensitive,
thoughtful and sustained," said Mr. Shariff. "For example, we've learned that
social change begins when communities take the lead in their own development
efforts -- that a hand up is more helpful than a hand-out," he said. "The
exhibition draws on our rich experience in the developing world to spark a
conversation about what Canada and Canadians can do to ensure a more peaceful,
prosperous and pluralist world."
    Anyone with an interest in Canada's role in the world, from school groups
to professional associations, will find the exhibition a compelling resource
for education and discussion.

    - In collaboration with Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia,
      Bridges that Unite will host two musical performances with Afghan
      virtuoso Homayun Sakhi, on June 18, 7-8 pm, and June 19 at noon, at the
      Roundhouse Performance Centre.

    These performances are free and open to the general public. Space is
limited. Interested participants are invited to reserve tickets at:
    Bridges that Unite will continue on a national tour following this
two-week stop in Vancouver. Online discussions and exhibit highlights at
www.bridgesthatunite.ca will allow visitors to carry on the conversation as
the exhibition travels across Canada.


    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.

For further information:

For further information: Cori Howard, Mobile: (778) 987-1345,
corih@telus.net; Jennifer Morrow, Mobile: (613) 697-9532, jennifer@akfc.ca

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