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Dignitaries on hand for Emancipation Day ceremonies in Nova Scotia on August 1, 2022: Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, ANSA Minister Pat Dunn, ADM Dwayne Provo, Russell Grosse, and Louise Delisle. (African Nova Scotian Affairs on Twitter)

Nova Scotia Recognizes Emancipation Day

By Kevin Northup Aug 2, 2022 | 5:47 AM

Yesterday was Emancipation Day.

A ceremony was held in Halifax to commemorate the anniversary of British parliament’s decision to abolish slavery across its empire in 1834.

Federal Minister for Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen says far too many Canadians don’t realize that enslavement occurred on Canadian soil.

“Emancipation Day, among other things, is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about this dark chapter in our history,” says Hussen.

The House of Commons passed a vote last year to designate August 1st as Emancipation Day in Canada.

Activist Louise Delisle was one of many speakers at the ceremony.

“The enslavement of our African ancestors was demoralizing, dehumanizing and brutal, from the moment they were stolen from their homes in Africa,” says Delisle.

She says the slaves remained courageous and resilient in their fight, which is why she is here today.

The province officially designated August 1st as Emancipation Day with legislation last year.


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