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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.


What to Expect?

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.

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How Did it Began?

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.

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Our Vision

Our Approach

Defining Dialogue

At the IDI Ottawa, we understand dialogue to consist of meaningful interaction and exchange between people of different groups (social, cultural, political and religious) who come together through various kinds of conversations or activities with a view to increased understanding.

Target Audience

Overall, the IDI Ottawa’s target audience is a proportional cross-section of people from different backgrounds living and working within the regions in which we operate.In addition to bringing people together across cultural and religious lines, we are concerned to bring together people from the following sectors: academia, stakeholders, community and media.

Our Method

• IDI Ottawa tries to connect communities by bringing people, communities and different sectors together.• IDI Ottawa empowers the engagement by building capacity for dialogue. • IDI Ottawa inspires new ideas by developing new ideas through discussion panels.

IDI Ottawa is interested in facilitating dialogue on the following areas of interest: Peace-building and conflict resolution, Community cohesion and multiculturalism, Dialogue theories and practice, Family, education and youth, Human rights and civil liberties, Theology and religious studies and World cultures and societies.