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April 26, 2016 Councillor’s Motion Recognition of the Pontian Genocide

Notice of Motion

City Council affirm its recognition of the Pontian Genocide

Moved by:  Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Seconded by:  Councillor  Maria Fragedakis

2016 marks the 97th commemoration of the Pontian Genocide. 

The Pontian Genocide, together with the Armenian and Assyrian Genocides, was the 1st genocide of the 20th century. These Genocides took place between 1913 and 1922.

The Pontian Genocide was the systematic extermination by the Ottoman Empire of its minority Greek subjects. This atrocity took place during and after World War I in which 450,000 – 750,000 Pontian and Anatolian Greeks were executed.

Pontians were sent by death marches to concentration camps in Anatolia, where most were subjected to forced labour. Thousands were subjected to forced labour, deportation and execution.


Councillor Jim Karygiannis, seconded by Councillor Maria Fragedakis, recommends that:


  1. City Council recognize the Pontian Genocide, to honour the memory of the men, women and children who died.    

May 3 and 4, 2016