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The 60th Anniversary of the African Union will be celebrated with a flag-raising ceremony at Toronto’s Queen’s Park


TORONTO, Tuesday, May 23, 2023 – The African Unity Sixth Region Canada Foundation (AU6RC), in partnership with the African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC), celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the African Union with a flag-raising ceremony being held at Queen’s Park on May 25, 2023.

Established in 1963, The African Union comprises 55 member states representing the joint interest of African countries to promote political and economic cooperation among African states.

The ceremony honours the resilience and achievements of the people of African descent and their significant contributions to fostering unity and advancing the continent’s development. This year also marks the 190th anniversary of emancipation, a critical historical turning point ending slavery in the British Empire.

The celebration will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 11:30 am with a flag-raising ceremony, followed by a reception at Legislative Building in Room 228, Queen’s Park, located at 99 Wellesley St. W. Toronto, ON, M7A 1A1.

The event also marks the 11th anniversary of the Sixth Region Declaration, declared on May 25, 2012, by the African Union Heads of State. The Declaration now makes all people of African Descent living outside of the continent, including the Caribbean, the official Sixth Region of the African Continent.

In Canada, the grassroots not-for-profit organization Operation Land of My Birth (OLMB) was created in response to The United Nations ‘ International Decade (2015-2024) for the People of African Descent (PAD): “Recognition, Justice and Development”. OLMB facilitates a virtual connection for the global community of the people of African descent with the goal of increased collaboration to create community transformation through economic empowerment and leadership development.

Partnering with the AU6RC, OLMB will live stream the flag-raising ceremony exclusively on their mobile app, ComUnity Social + TV, available in app stores for download.

The flag-raising ceremony allows the African diaspora to celebrate African heritage and strengthen ties with the African continent. There will be representation from the African, Caribbean, Central, and South American Diplomatic Corps in addition to community and cooperate leaders.

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