Cote Saint-Luc City Council with senior leadership of the Canadian Hellenic Congress, June 12, 2017

Dr. Theo Halatsis, President, and Angie Tzouvelakos, Vice-President, Cultural and Social Development of the Canadian Hellenic Congress were at the Cote Saint-Luc Public Council meeting last Monday night to encourage Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Members of Council to recognize the Greek Pontic Genocide and proclaim May 19, 2017 as Greek Pontic Genocide Remembrance Day in the City of Cote Saint-Luc.

May 19, 2017 marks the 103rd Anniversary of the Greek Pontic Genocide by the Ottoman Turks. The Greek Pontic Genocide is one of the darkest moments in mankind’s history and one of the heinous crimes against humanity. Many believe this heinous crime was the precursor to the Holocaust committed by the Nazis
against Jews, Roma and other peoples during the Second World War. In 1914, the Ottoman government issued a decree to annihilate and systematically eliminate the Greek population from their ancestral and historic homeland of Pontus. The Greek Pontians had made their home in this region at least since the time of Homer around 800 8.C.

In the span of few years over 350,000 Greek Pontians were exterminated through systematic slaughter by government troops, deportations involving death marches, starvation in labour and concentration camps, rapes and individual killing. Entire Greek Pontian villages and cities were burned to the ground, while
thousands were forced to flee to the neighbouring countries with little or no provisions.

We, citizens of Canada and Cote Saint-Luc, must not forget this brutal and heinous crime against our Greek ancestors and humanity. We must commemorate and remember the genocide inflicted upon our ancestral brethren by the Ottoman Turks.

At the council meeting the following resolution was read aloud and adopted unanimously:

 

WHEREAS the denial of genocide is widely recognized as the final stage of genocide, enshrining impunity for the perpetrators of genocide, and demonstrably
paving the way for future genocides;

IT WAS RESOLVED:

“THAT the Côte Saint-Luc City Council hereby recognizes the Greek Pontic Genocide and further ratifies the proclamation of May 19, 2017 as the Greek Pontic Genocide Remembrance Day.”

Similar resolutions have been passed in the Cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Oshawa in Ontario, and the Boroughs of LaSalle and Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension.

“The Côte Saint-Luc City Council decision is historic for the Hellenic community in Quebec. It serves as a reminder to all of us here in Quebec and in Canada, and to the generations to come, of this brutal and heinous crime against our Greek ancestors and humanity. The City of Côte Saint-Luc is yet another municipal government in Canada to recognise the Greek Pontic Genocide and to proclaim May 19th as its official remembrance day”, Dr. Halatsis added.

“The Canadian Hellenic Congress thanks Mitchell Brownstein, Côte Saint-Luc City Mayor, and the members of the City Council for taking this important and historic decision,” Dr. Halatsis said. 

 

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