On Emancipation Day, we acknowledge the painful history of slavery here in Canada and celebrate the strength and determination of Black communities who fought – and continue to fight- for freedom, justice, and equality.
Emancipation Day falls on the day in 1834 that slavery was abolished in the British Empire. Although slavery was abolished nearly 200 year ago, its effects continue to live on today.
Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy is guided by a vision of a Canada where all Canadians benefit from equitable access to and participation in the economic, cultural, social and political spheres.
Today we also celebrate the many achievements and contributions that Black individuals in Canada have made to our society. I was pleased to attend an event hosted by the Aurora Black Caucus to commemorate this day.
On Emancipation Day, we recognize the lasting impacts of Canada’s history of enslavement and segregation. We must acknowledge the truths of the past and recommit day after day to combatting anti-Black hate and systemic racism in order to build a better, more inclusive Canada for all