Gary Pieters is an educator. He previously served as president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations; Co-Chair of the Embracing Hope Building Community (a project of 30 community groups); a member of the steering committee for the Ontario Common Front Assembly (of the Ontario Federation of Labour-Community Alliance); and Editor of the Canadian Black Heritage in the Third Millennium Website. Gary Pieters has contributed to a large number of op eds and other articles in news publications, has given many presentations as a speaker and conference participant in recent years, and has won several awards.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the official observance of Black History Month across Canada. The first official celebrations started in 1996, following its federal recognition in 1995.
I am excited about Toronto being the host city and even more excited about living and commuting within minutes of most of the venues for the athletic and cultural events that are occurring.
07/12/2015 09:47 EDT
It is a fact of history that African people were enslaved, sold and brought to North America, Europe and the Caribbean through the exploitative and brutal economic enterprise of slavery, slave-trading and empire-building
03/25/2015 04:00 EDT
The fact is that our world was built on massive violations of human rights. The trans-Atlantic slave trade was matched in its brutality by the slave labour of indigenous people in the silver and gold mines of South America -- millions died in the Pitosi mine alone. The first joint-stock corporation, the Dutch East Indies Company, included enslaving of indigenous people in its business model.
12/14/2014 02:02 EST
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