Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance social cohesion via(through) personal interaction by promoting respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership.
Intercultural Dialogue Institute aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, to promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity and multiculturalism in the society. The Institute aims to eliminate or reduce false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears through direct human communication. By this mission IDI aims to contribute to improvement of diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism throughout Canada.
In this regard, IDI organizes social, educational and cultural activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences, discussion forums, luncheons, informative dinners, programs for students and youth, intercultural exchange trips, courses, outreach programs.
IDI was formed in 2010 as a joint effort of several organizations and currently have 11 chapters* and regional office in major cities of five Canadian province.
It was founded by Turkish Canadians inspired by the teachings and example of Fethullah Gulen. The Institute is not a religious or ethnic organisation. It aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.
* GTA branch of IDI was established with the name Canadian Interfaith Dialogue Centre in 2005. It has then changed its name to Canadian Intercultural Dialogue Centre. Until July 2013 it was known as IDI Toronto. In July 2013 it was re-branded as IDI GTA to represent the whole Greater Toronto Area.
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Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) grew out of the need to address the question, “How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?” From this question a conversation took root and began to grow. The founding members of the IDI knew from personal experience that a discussion on cultural differences did not have to digress into confusion, fighting, and anarchy. On the contrary the founding members understood that peace could be achieved by sharing different perspectives by listening to each other from the space of love, respect, tolerance, mercy, and compassion.
Headquartered in Toronto, Intercultural Dialogue Institute currently has branch offices and sister organizations in nine cities throughout Canada. The people who initially thought about the necessity founded Intercultural Dialogue Institute were Turkish Canadians; however, our members increasingly come from diverse cultures, faiths and nations. Intercultural Dialogue Institute welcomes especially members and volunteers from diverse traditions, faiths, races and nations.
- We seek and welcome the gift of diversity.
- We respect the differences among religions and cultures.
- We maintain the highest standards of integrity, ethical conduct, as well as accurate disclosure of information.
- We honor the richness and diversity of all languages, religions and cultures.
- We value constant positive action based on universal values such as love, respect, tolerance, mercy, and compassion which are crucial for healthy dialogue in a diverse university environment.
- We respect the uniqueness of each religion, and differences of practice or belief.
- We have no one particular agenda and no inherent ideology, other than a genuine concern for the spiritual quality and welfare of life on Earth.
- We make efforts to be absolutely inclusive, and to deny participation to no one.
- Our members are entirely free to disagree on matters of belief, but join together to act in a common spirit of friendship and mutual respect.
- We are committed to universal values of democracy and human rights.
- We act from sound ecological practices to preserve our world for future generations.