Honouring Emancipation Day: July 30 and 31
The Slavery Abolition Act came into force August 1, 1833, ending slavery throughout most of the British Empire. On the first anniversary of the Act in 1834, members of the African-Canadian population of Toronto paraded to the Cathedral for a special commemorative service. In 2021, the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day across the country. Emancipation Day celebrates the strength and perseverance of Black communities in Canada.
Two events will be taking place in our diocese:
On Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., join St. Margaret, New Toronto via Zoom for “Emancipation in the Canadian Context: A Courageous Conversation” with educator and historian Irene Moore Davis.
Zoom Meeting ID 573 318 0702
Telephone connection 647-558-0588
On Sunday, July 31, at 11:00 a.m., there will be an Emancipation Day celebration at St. James Cathedral. All are welcome!