Emancipation Day Celebration - August 1st

Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:00 – 18:00
This event is online
Category: Community



2021 marks the First National Emancipation Day across Canada, as championed by Rosemary Sadlier. Over 25 years ago Rosemary initiated the first of many commemorations of August 1st as Emancipation Day. She secured national support for Emancipation Day and worked with allies like the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario His Hon. David Onley, and facilitated joint celebrations of Emancipation Day and Simcoe Day at Fort York National Historic Site, here in Ontario, reaching upwards of 2000 people.

Now, 13 years after securing unanimous approval in the Province of Ontario, it has received similar unanimous support nationally, Rosemary saw the passage of M-36 introduced by the Honourable MP Majid Jowhari, creating August 1st as Emancipation Day across Canada!

Hosted by Patricia Mawa, the Executive Vice President of Silvertrust Media and Afroglobal Television, the event features an exciting lineup of speakers and performers:

Archbishop Dr. Deloris Seiveright
MP Majid Jowhari
Honourable Patricia Scotland
Honourable MP Greg Fergus
Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard
Honourable David Onley
Honourable Mayor John Tory
Honourable Rosemary Sadlier
Collette Murray
Gertrude Mianda
President Rhonda Lenton
Lucy Fromowitz Vice-Provost
Winston LaRose
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale
Honourable Ted Arnott
Peter Meike
George Elliott Clarke
and more!

We hope to see you on August 1st from 5pm on YouTube Live @EmancipationDayCanada!

Help ensure that Black History is never forgotten by supporting the creation of a Black History Museum in Toronto, Canada. To learn more or support, please contact the Black History Museum of Canada Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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