News archive - July 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Emancipation Day

August 1st is Emancipation Day

August 1st marks Emancipation Day in Canada. Emancipation Day highlights the enactment of the Slavery Abolition Act across the British Empire on this day in 1834. Before this, enslavement was very much legal in what is now known as Canada, and Black and Indigenous peoples were enslaved on this land. 2021 is the first year Canada has officially recognized August 1 as Emancipation Day.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Reflections from National Indigenous History Month at Waterloo

National Indigenous History Month

Written by Joy Braga. Warning: This article contains descriptions of the harsh treatment experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis children in the residential school system.

On June 29th, the Indigenous Initiatives Office hosted their keynote event for National Indigenous History Month with the Honourable Murray Sinclair. Honourable Sinclair served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. The Honourable Murray Sinclair was also the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba and served its justice system for over 40 years. He recently retired from the Canadian Senate where he was appointed on April 2, 2016.

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