Mayor Bonnie Crombie was joined by representation from Black Caucus Alliance to raise the Pan-African Flag in celebration of Emancipation Day in Mississauga.
The Mayor of Mississauga said, “We commemorate this Day as a reminder of the struggles of the tribes of Black Canadians in their struggle for freedom.”
She acknowledged that the fight for justice and equality are far from over and as a society we can and must do better.
“It was a day to commiserate the pain and suffering of ancestors, endured during the era of slavery, said Shelly Scott-England, Chair Black Caucus Alliance.
She said, “We gather to remember their struggle even after they were freed and honour their resilience…”
Shelly Scott-England noted that Emancipation Day was also to celebrate the strength and courage of those who fought injustice, intolerance and inequity of their situation demanding freedom and an opportunity to be treated as humans.
She called on Black Canadians in the area to come together to celebrate Emancipation Day and other cultural activities.
Emancipation Day is August 1. The House of Commons voted unanimously to officially designate August 1 Emancipation Day. This marks the day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect.