Commissioner’s Speech on Flag Raising Day

Commissioner’s Speech on Flag Raising Day

H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor

Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and

On occasion of the celebration of the 7th Anniversary of the 6th
Region of Africa in Canada

Ladies and gentlemen

I am honoured to be part of this celebration of the 56th Anniversary of the African Union and the 7th Anniversary of the African Union Diaspora, also known as the 6th Region of Africa. I want to thank you for extending invitation to the Commission, this shows your commitment to join hands with the other regions of Africa to run along with the vision for the Africa We Want by 2063. I therefore, bring you greetings from the chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E Dr. Moussa Faki Mahamat. He extends fraternal greetings of love, peace and hope.

Speaking on behalf of the Commission, the 6th region of Africa is one of the building blocks of the African Union and therefore central to the implementation of the African Vision of ‘’an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’’. You inviting the Commission to this event justifies our cooperate desire and a signal that Africa can no longer postpone taking action on its development agenda.

The willingness from the diaspora to work together with the people back home to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny is testament to this fact. Moreover, it is known that the Africa Dispora have some of the brightest minds and brains of the continent. Our cooperate steps towards a prosperous Africa is well-outlined in our people centred and long-term development blue-print Agenda 2063 that 3 our Heads of State and Governments adopted in January 2015.

Agenda 2063, “The Africa We Want”, charts the transformative path for inclusive growth and sustainable development of our continent, which will enable us to deliver on the rising aspirations of the African citizens and the world beyond.

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Today, we come together as one to celebrate our heritage and culture. The African Union sixth Canada family welcomes you to the annual Flag Raising event today.

Please Click on the image below to view the event schedule as it commences.

Thank you!

Letter from the Mayor of Toronto

It is my esteemed pleasure to extend greetings and a warm welcome to everyone attending the African Unity 6th Region Canada’s African Union Flag Raising.

Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and home to people from all over the world. Events such as these celebrate the rich cultures and traditions that make our city so unique.

On behalf of Toronto City Council, please accept my best wishes for a memorable event and continued success.

Yours truly,

John Tory

Mayor, City of Toronto

Letter from the President of Ontario Black History Society

I am delighted to bring greetings for this auspicious event today.

At the OBHS, it is our mission to preserve, and promote Black History in Canada. We educate the public about its significance in shaping today’s society. Black history is Canadian history, black history is international history. With that mandate at the core of all the work we do, it is an honour to celebrate the 54th Flag Raising for Global Africa Day . This day pays homage to Africans in the diaspora who have contributed to the upliftment of people . We also reflect upon African unity emphasizing strength in numbers.

I’d like to extend congratulations to the committed women and men who dedicated so much time and energy to organizing this day. Thank you African Unity Sixth Region

The OBHS is proud to stand beside you in the effort of keeping our black history well-known, and respected.

Thank You and God bless.

Nikki Clarke

President, Ontario Black History Society

Letter from the Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Warmest greetings on behalf of the Diplomatic corps in Canada to all the guests attending this flag raising ceremony, but more specifically to the people of African descent on this the 54th anniversary of Africa Day and the 5th Anniversary of the 6th Region Declaration. We are also reminded that this year is the 3rd year of the decade of people of African descent as declared by United Nations.

I wish to acknowledge the positive work the African Union 6th Region (AU6RC), is doing in promoting the unity of the African diaspora. It has been propounded that the African diaspora is a vital cog in the economic development of our motherland. It is in this context that I commend the 6th Region in ploughing back home.

This year as declared by the African Union is focused on your youth; “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth”. This reminds us that our youths are the leaders of today and tomorrow. As the continent is filled with so many mineral resources we invite and encourage everyone to come together and build “the Africa we want”. The greatness of Africa is the betterment of the whole world.

Wishing you a happy Africa Day celebration.

Florence Zano Chideya

Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Letter from the Mayor of Markham

May 18, 2017

On behalf of Members of Council and the City of Markham, I am pleased to extend a warm and sincere welcome to all those attending the African Union Anniversary hosted by the African Union 6th Region Canada Foundation, Inc. (AU6RC).

The City of Markham is proud to be recognized as Canada’s most diverse city. We take pride in celebrating the diversity of the many culture and traditions that people who call Markham home from all over the world. I recognize the contribution that the people of African descent have had to the advancement of humanity and the building of nations.

Today’s occasion highlights and celebrates the 54th Anniversary of the African Union and the 5th Anniversary of the 6th Region Declaration, as declared on May 25th, 2012 by the African Union Heads of State. The Declaration now makes all people of African descent (African Diaspora) the official 6th Region of the African Continent. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth,” is very relevant in our current global economy where borders are no longer defined by geography and provides an enormous opportunity for today’s youth to contribute to our society.

As Mayor, I am delighted to have this opportunity to extend my best wishes on this special day.


Frank Scarpitti

Mayor, City of Markham