May 5, 2016 – Councillors Karygiannis and Fragedakis are pleased that Toronto City Council passes Pontian Genocide Motion
TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, is pleased that, today, Toronto City Council passed his Motion to recognize the Pontian Genocide.
“I want to thank Councillor Mary Fragedakis for seconding the Motion and the Mayor and my fellow Councillors for passing this Motion.” said Mr. Karygiannis. “Council has recognized the first genocide of the 20th century in which 450,000 to 750,000 Pontian and Anatolian Greeks were executed.”
The Motion read as follows:
That City Council recognize the Pontian Genocide, to honour the memory of the men, women and children who died.
The Pontian Genocide, together with the Armenian and Assyrian Genocides, took place between 1913 and 1922. The Pontian Genocide, which took place during and after World War I, was the systematic extermination, by the Ottoman Empire, of its minority Greek subjects. 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.
“History’s great tragedies must be remembered so as to help build a better more just future and I am pleased City Council agreed to stand with the Greek community, here in Toronto and around the world, as we honour the memory of the men, women and children who died in the Pontian Genocide.” Stated Councillor Fragedakis
“It is important to remember these moments in our shared history.” Mr. Karygiannis stated. “We must remember those who suffered and perished. We must teach our children the violence face by their ancestors and others. It is only by remembering and teaching the young that we can ensure that these atrocities never happen again.”