Educator, social-policy commentator, community animator and volunteer with a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights
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.
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
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.