August 1st is Emancipation Day in Canada.
People of all faith backgrounds are encouraged to join in a virtual ecumenical celebration of Emancipation Day. The service, organized by the Canadian Council of Churches, is available for viewing now.
SEE BELOW FOR THE LINK TO THE SERVICE.
(approx. 58 minutes long)
The Diocese of Huron is represented by Rev. Canon Laverne Jacobs and Rev. Steve Greene, with Irene Moore Davis on the service planning team.
Emancipation Day marks the anniversary of the Slavery Abolition Act which came into effect August 1st, 1834, freeing approximately 800,000 enslaved people in British colonies including Canada.
For over 180 years, Black communities across Canada have celebrated Emancipation Day every August 1st with church services, parades, outdoor festivities, protests, speeches, entertainment, and more, seeing an opportunity for celebration and a time of reflection on the struggle for freedom and justice, past and present.
This year marks the first official recognition of Emancipation Day by the Government of Canada, following a unanimous vote in the House of Commons in March 2021.