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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Recognizing Emancipation Day

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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.

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 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.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Let's Talk... about Collective Care and Community Well-being

An image of stones with the word care written on them

January 28 is an opportunity to talk about mental health. It helps to normalize conversations around mental health, remove stigma and harmful barriers, and recognize that it’s okay to not be okay.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Statement of Action On Anti-Black Racism

June 1, 2020

To our Waterloo Community,

We acknowledge and accept responsibility for our silence on the issues of anti-black racism and hatred on our campuses. HREI wanted to ensure our statement came with tangible, coordinated actions, but we regret that we were not more responsive and thank our campus community for their continued honesty and for holding us accountable. We commit to doing better.

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