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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Recognizing Emancipation Day

Following years of campaigning by Black lawmakers and community advocates, in 2021, the government of Canada federally recognized August 1, as Emancipation Day, and the month of August, as Emancipation Month.

While it was less than 200 years ago, in 1834, that the British Empire ended the practice of slavery in the former British colonies, which included Canada, many Canadians are unaware that Black and Indigenous peoples were once enslaved here.

Thirty years after employment equity programs were first introduced into the academy, this talk provides an unfiltered account of where the academy has succeeded and where challenges remain, particularly as it relates to racial justice, disability justice and decolonization. Dr. Malinda Smith will present her latest research and explore where we go from here to achieve equity.