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Understanding Emancipation Day

What Is Emancipation Day? August 1, 1834

Emancipation Day is the day The Slavery Abolition Act became law in the British Empire (including Canada) and ended the practice of slavery for millions of African People and their descendants around the world. The Act became law on August 1, 1834 marking the first Emancipation Day.

Emancipation Day Recognized In Canada March 24, 2021

On March 24, 2021 Members of Parliament unanimously  voted to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day. 

On April 21, 2021 the Province of Nova Scotia voted unanimously to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day.

On June 28, 2021 the Senate of Canada voted unanimously to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day.

Why Is Emancipation Day Important? Acknowledge The Past

Emancipation Day is important because it allows all Canadians to acknowledge and hold open discussions about our shared history of the enslavement of people of African ancestry here in Canada.

Who Can Celebrate Emancipation Day? Our Shared History

Everyone can and is encouraged to recognize Emancipation Day as it is a part of our shared history. Visit this website and our events page for a list of programs and events across Nova Scotia.