Toronto, Ontario. A coalition of 20+ Armenian churches, organizations, associations, political parties, and independent community leaders announce the formation of the United Armenian Council of Ontario (UACO), established on Sunday, October 11, 2020. UACO builds upon cross-community collaboration that has taken shape across the province over the past several years, especially since the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
Now, at a time when our Armenian nation faces its biggest existential threat since the Genocide, Armenians around the world have come together to stand up for the survival of our people and our two Republics – Armenia and Artsakh. It is with this spirit that we announce the formation of UACO.
On September 27, after Azerbaijan launched the war against Artsakh, the Armenian community of Ontario immediately mobilized across all fronts: securing humanitarian aid, fundraising, and raising awareness on social, political, and academic stages. UACO will enable the coordination of all activities in Ontario related to the war in Artsakh – coming together as one to ensure the survival of our people through peaceful means.
Broadly, the UACO’s mission will be to:
· implement and realize projects of a pan-community nature,
· encourage and assist projects which advance the collective interests and the rights of Armenian communities across Ontario, and
· gather and apply the Armenian community’s resources for the benefit of the community’s interests as well as the welfare of the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh.
As we all know, unity is strength. The more we speak in one voice, the more powerful we become as a global nation. Together, we will ensure that what is just – human rights and the rights of the people of Artsakh – will prevail. Together, we will be victorious.