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August is Emancipation Month

Each year in August, TCDSB joins the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario in recognizing Emancipation Month, with Emancipation Day celebrated on August 1. This annual month of remembrance honours and celebrates the Abolition of Slavery Act which ended slavery in the British Empire, of which Canada was part of on August 1, 1834.

Emancipation Day aims to raise awareness about the history of slavery in Canada (1629 to 1834) and its roots in systemic, anti-Black racism, while celebrating the rich contributions that Black Canadians have made to our country. Emancipation Month not only recognizes an abhorrent part of our history, but also the ongoing struggles of the Black community. It is an opportunity to reflect on the issues and barriers that still exist and that Black Canadians continue to experience in present day.

This Emancipation Month we reaffirm our commitment to eliminating discrimination in all its forms. We invite you to view the Related Links on this page for resources and information, and join us as we work towards eliminating anti-Black racism and systemic racism and continue our ever-present goal of promoting peace, justice and care for the sacredness of human life.