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SGI Canada Newsletter, No.7 - August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 7

August 14, 2020


Welcome to the seventh issue of the SGI Canada Newsletter, a bi-weekly summary of news, upcoming events and encouragement. The SGI Canada Newsletter replaces the previous SGI Canada Online News. All subscribers will automatically receive the SGI Canada Newsletter from now on. If you are not subscribing, you may do so by clicking on the button below. Subscriptions are free of charge and the SGI Canada Newsletter will be emailed directly to subscribers.





SGI Announces World Youth General Meeting in September!

This October marks the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first overseas trip, which began on October 2, 1960, when he initiated the movement for worldwide kosen-rufu.

To commemorate this immensely important milestone and to express our resolve to advance worldwide kosen-rufu, SGI has announced that there will be a World Youth General Meeting, to be streamed online on Sunday, September 27 (Japan Time) with participation from all around the world. This will be unprecedented. 

This online meeting will be open to all SGI Canada members of all divisions as well as guests. At designated times in the hours following the live stream, additional opportunities will allow participants in countries around the world to see it in their respective time zones. Multiple languages will be available. A new international song will be introduced, also in multiple languages. Further information on the viewing times and the online links will be announced when they become available. 

A  promotional video for the meeting is now online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ2uwibot98

We hope everyone will participate in this historic event through the streamed video, and that everyone will encourage fellow members, families and friends to see it too. Let’s create a powerful momentum across Canada, with all divisions encouraging as many Youth and Future Division members as possible to engage in the World Youth General Meeting. Being a part of this unique event will enable SGI Canada’s youth to manifest an even greater determination toward our own SGI Canada Youth Festivals the following weekend (October 3 and 4 – see schedule below), celebrating the 60th anniversary of President Ikeda’s first visit to Canada during his first historic overseas journey for peace in October 1960.

These two events together—the World Youth General Meeting and the SGI Canada Youth Festivals—will create tremendous momentum toward November 18, the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai. 

Details on the World Youth General Meeting will follow shortly. Watch for announcements in the upcoming issues of the SGI Canada Newsletter. 

Let’s help 10,000 and more SGI Canada members and friends to participate in this historic celebration of worldwide kosen-rufu!

SGI Canada Youth Festivals in October

Following are the dates & times of the SGI Canada Youth Festivals:

Vancouver – Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm PT

Ottawa – Sunday, October 4 at 10:30am ET

Toronto – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00pm ET

Montreal – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00pm ET

Edmonton – Sunday, October 4 at 12:00pm MT

Winnipeg – Sunday, October 4 at 1:00pm CT

Calgary – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00pm MT

For more information and links please contact your district, chapter or area leaders.

Visit the Youth Festival website at:      https://www.youthfest.ca/ (English)

                                                                  https://www.youthfest.ca/home-fr (français)

Daimoku campaign for success of Youth Festivals

Our national daimoku wave campaign to support the October Youth Festival starts next week. To join is simple! Every Saturday starting on August 22 until October 3, between the hours of 9.00am to 12.00pm local time, each region will host an online call with hourly encouragement. Everyone is free to join in whenever they can and chant as much as they like. With this whirlwind of daimoku across the country, let’s unite toward this historic youth festival and respond to our mentor’s call!

Young Phoenix Group Meeting – August 16 at 4:00pm ET

We will be holding our monthly national Young Phoenix Group Meeting on Sunday, August 16 at 4.00pm – 4.30pm ET by videoconference. We welcome all Young Phoenix Group members (13-17 years old) as well as Youth Division members and guests.

Please contact your local youth leaders to register for the meeting and get the online link. 

“The Courage to Create Happiness” – Men’s Annual Meetings

SGI Canada Men’s Annual Meetings begin from August 24 to September 24. Men’s group members and their guests will be getting together online in gatherings all across the country. SGI Canada Men’s Leader Ian Mattinson says, “This is a great time for all of us to rededicate ourselves and take practical steps for the happiness of others, and to begin shifting the trajectory of humanity toward peace and caring.” (SGI Canada Newsletter No. 5, July 17)

For details of the meeting in your community, please contact your local men’s group leader. 

We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to postmaster@sgicanada.org . The next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on August 28, 2020. See you then!