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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Recognizing Emancipation Day

Black fist

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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Asian Heritage Month

Watercolour scenery with text reading "Asian Heritage Month, Resources and Engagement Opportunities"

May 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month, a motion tabled by the Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.

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.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Asian Heritage Month

Watercolour scenery with text reading "Asian Heritage Month, Resources and Engagement Opportunities"

May 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month, a Motion tabled by The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Earth Day: Virtual Event and Resources

Earth Day was first envisioned over 50 years ago, with efforts focused on addressing environmental issues through teach-ins and demonstrations, among other types of advocacy. While 2021 marks the second Earth Day during this pandemic, there are resources and virtual events to (un)learn, reflect, engage locally, and take action.

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