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.

Sincerely,

Frank Scarpitti

Mayor, City of Markham

Letter from the Ontario’s Leader of NDP

May 18, 2017

Dear friends;

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, it is my pleasure to bring greetings to everyone attending the African Union flag raising at Queen’s Park, and celebrating the 16th anniversary of the founding of the African Union.

Ontarians of African descent have contributed so much to this province, and their acheivements and triumphs should be recognized and celebrated by all Ontarians. Our province’s diversity and inclusion benefit all Ontarians, and in honouring the anti-colonial history of the African Union, we are reminded that we must always have the courage to stand against injustice, racism, and prejudice whenever we see it.

New Democrats are happy to join all Ontarians, and people around the world, in celebrating Africa Day, and the founding of the African Union.

Sincerely,

Andrea Horwath

Leader, Ontario's NDP

Greetings from the Leader of the Official Opposition

Greetings from the Leader of the Official Opposition
54th Anniversary of the African Union &
5th Anniversary of the Sixth Region Declaration

May 18, 2017

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to all those gathered to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the African Union and the fifth anniversary of the Sixth Region Declaration.

Ontarians of African descent have been making positive contributions to our province and country since before Confederation, 150 years ago. This celebration and flag-raising is a fitting tribute to that legacy, and is affirmation that the Afro-Canadian community is a vital part of Ontario’s social fabric.

This year’s focus on making investments in youth is proof of African Union 6th Region Canada’s (AU6RC) positive vision for the future. Your work furthers the goals strived for in the International Decade for People of African Descent, and I commend you for your efforts.

Ontario is home to people of all walks of life, and the AU6RC adds to our province’s diversity and culture. Together, all of us can work to ensure that the values we champion—freedom, democracy, and human rights—are what unite Ontarians of all backgrounds.

Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful celebration.

PATRICK BROWN

MPP Simcoe­‐North, Leader of the Official Opposition