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Canada to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day

CA, 27 Mar 2021
So often we forget Canada’s history of slavery. Now, members of parliament have officially designated Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day. It was on that day in 1834 that Britain abolished slavery across its empire.

Ransford James, a bishop at Destiny Gospel Centre in Markham, Ont., told Global News last Aug. 1 that he participated in a demonstration in Toronto in part to see systemic and institutional racism dismantled.

“I have two young children, a young girl and a young boy — and I want to ensure that they can live in a society that is fair and free and equitable,” he said.

As Ross Lord reports, descendants of slaves hope there is real change when it comes to the racism they still face today.


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