Haile Selassie during a state visit to Canada in 1967.
This week his grandson, Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, travels to Canada to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historical journey.
Almost 1000 Peace Corps volunteers had trained there for service in Ethiopia and other countries, and its law school had a cooperative program with Haile Selassie I University.
At school he impressed his teachers, and was sent to a new school to learn rhetoric () for four years.
Then he went to another school to study the Bible for 10 years, learning the teachings of the Catholics and the Copts, as well as the country’s mainstream Orthodox tradition.
Haile Selassie presented the UCLA library with antique illuminated manuscripts written in Ge´ez on parchment.” Following his UCLA tour Haile Selassie was off to Canada arriving in the country via Vancouver, British Columbia on April 26th, 1967.
“Haile Selassie was the first of some 60 heads of state to visit Canada’s centennial celebration,” Vestal notes, with the trip including stops in Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal.The only translation into English was done in 1976, by the Canadian professor and priest Claude Sumner.