In British History, the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 is an act of Parliament that abolished slavery in most British colonies, freeing more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa as well as a small number in Canada. It took effect on 1st day of August in the year 1834 after it received its Royal Assent on August 28, 1833. The act did confirm Canada as a free territory for enslaved African Americans. Thousands of African Americans subsequently arrived on Canadian soil between 1834 and the early 1860s.
With the actual effectivity day of the act, the House of Commons voted unanimously on March 24, 2021 designating August 1 as a commemoration of the Emancipation Day. Canadian who fought enslavement were pivotal in shaping our society to be as diverse as it is today.
But why do we celebrate this day?
We are all invited to reflect, educate and engage in the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism and discrimination. It allows us to learn more about the history of African Nova Scotian people and communities. This day allows us to celebrate the strength and perseverance of Black communities in Canada. It gives us a chance to maintain ongoing meaningful dialogue around race relations and inclusive society.
We can show our support and join in the celebration through various events.
On July 30, let us all enjoy the AFROASIS at the Grand Parade, 1770 Barrington Street as part of the Grand Oasis concert series! Enjoy the evening with music and culture in collaboration with the National Black Canadians Summit. Watch Black artists from all over the world, including UK emerging star AMA LOU, Divine Brown, Veronica Tynes (Laydee Vee), and more.
You and your family can also attend the African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) Freedom Festival this Sunday at the Dartmouth Waterfront Ferry Terminal Park as part of the Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Series.
On August 1, let us all join Mayor Savage as we “unite, contribute and strengthen” in the Grand Parade! There will also be presentations and special guests during the evening event that includes the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, Jah’mila tribute to Nina Simone, Aquakultre, Haviah Mighty and more!
More to this amazing annual event at https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/diversity-inclusion/african-nova-scotian-affairs/emancipation-day