The following is the speech Kevin Vickers gave in November of 2015 during the launch of Faith in Canada 150 at the CBC Headquarters in Toronto. While his story is quite unique, it’s also quite familiar to many Canadians of faith who seek to live out of their deepest beliefs and convictions every day. Although most of us only know of Kevin Vickers because of his heroic actions during the tragic events that befell the Canadian Parliament in 2014, much of Kevin’s earliest life is marked by the profound habit-shaping formation that gave him the resources to not only act, but seek forgiveness, when his character was put to an ultimate test.
Siby Varghese grew up in Saudi Arabia and India, experiencing first hand what it was like to have limits to freedom of religion. When he moved to Canada in 2011, he was shocked to see just how many Canadians didn't excersize their right to worship freely in public. Read his story here.
Janette Oke, herself the daughter of Canadian pioneers, has kept the pioneering spirit of courage, resourcefulness, integrity, faith, and romance alive in the body of fiction and non-fiction she has written. Her contribution to Christian fiction in Canada and the U.S. is near-legendary. She is, indeed, one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers.
In the past 20 years, Muslims have had to deal with varieties of attention, stigmas, and stereotypes. As a response, they’ve had to develop mature ways to carve out and articulate their Canadian identity while maintaining their faith. Imran Ally, a faith leader who is deeply involved in his community in Toronto, lives out what it means to be a Canadian Muslim.