As we celebrate this Day, let us reflect on it as a day to celebrate the liberation of over 800,000 enslaved Africans and their descendants in parts of Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and Canada. A day to celebrate the strength and tenacity of the Black people of Canada. It is a day that commemorates the Slavery Abolishment Act of 1833 which ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834, and brought about freedom.
We at CACD celebrate this day as a reminder of the continuing struggle faced by the People of African Descent. CACD will continue to promote diverse heritage, multicultural, interfaith, and providing everyone with the chance to engage fully in Canadian society.
As pointed out by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, “the legacy of anti-Black racism is still prevalent today, entrenched in our institutions, policies, and practices. Canada’s history of enslavement, racial segregation, and marginalization of people of African descent is a part of Canadian history that is often forgotten, functionally normalizing institutional and systemic forms of racism, or rendering them invisible.”
So let us continue our fight against anti-Black racism, racial discrimination, and other related intolerance faced by People of African Descent in Canada.