Emancipation Day History
Emancipation Day seeks to celebrate the abolishment of slavery in Canada. The governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario) John Graves Simcoe was able to pass legislation in 1793 that helped end slavery in Canada. Called the Act Against Slavery, the legislation would eventually lead to the abolishment of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in 1807. In 1833, the Slavery Abolition Act would bring an end to slavery throughout Canada. In the following years, Canada would become a haven for slaves fleeing from the United States.
Emancipation Day was established in 2008 by Royal Commonwealth Society. It is observed annually on August 1st.
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