Council did at the July 20th regular monthly meeting, pass the following proclamation to proclaim August 1, 2022, as "Emancipation Day".
You may view this year's schedule of events for Emancipation Week here.
THAT WHEREAS August 1st, 1834 is the day The Slavery Abolition Act became law in the British Empire (including Canada) and ended the practice of slavery for millions of African People and their descendants around the world;
AND WHEREAS we must acknowledge that slavery was part of our Province and Country’s horrific past;
AND WHEREAS we must work together to address anti-Black racism and all forms of racism so all Nova Scotians can prosper, reach their full potential and live as equal citizens;
AND WHEREAS on March 24, 2021 the House of Commons voted unanimously to officially designate August 1st Emancipation Day;
AND WHEREAS on July 21, 2021 the Council of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough proclaimed August 1st of each year to be Emancipation Day in the Municipality and encourage residents, businesses and community groups to participate in the activities and celebrations, and to take the opportunity to reflect, acknowledge and hold open discussions about our shared history of enslavement of people of African ancestry here in Canada;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough proclaim August 1st 2022 to be Emancipation Day in the Municipality and invite residents to reflect, educate and engage in the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism and discrimination and to celebrate the strength and perseverance of Black communities across Canada.