About the Centre
The Centre’s vision is a world where human differences are valued and diverse societies thrive.
Founded in Ottawa by His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, charitable organization. Inspired by Canada’s experience as a diverse and inclusive country, the Centre was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
Through research, education and knowledge exchange, the Centre’s programs:
- Deepen understanding of the sources of inclusion and exclusion in Canada and around the world
- Chart pathways to pluralism in specific places and cases
- Catalyze knowledge exchange and learning about the policies and practices that support pluralism
- Build awareness of the benefits of inclusive societies
Compromise is essential. Belonging is the goal.
In diverse societies, people with different identities and viewpoints must find ways to live together. The work of pluralism is to find a balance between competing values. Institutional mechanisms help to choose between competing values, but pluralism is not created by institutions alone. The content of those choices is important.
The goal of pluralism is belonging. Building inclusive societies requires both institutional responses (“hardware”) and behavioural change (“software”) to ensure that every person is recognized and feels they belong.
Board of Directors
The Centre is governed by an international Board of Directors chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan.
The Centre’s operations are supported by a small team headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.