Abolition of Slavery in Canada

Since 2021, Canada has created a new national holiday by designating August 1st as Emancipation Day in Canada. This date commemorates August 1, 1834, the day on which the law on the abolition of slavery in the British colonies, including Canada, came into effect. This day, which often goes unnoticed, was celebrated across the country in 2008 to mark the 175th anniversary of the law’s enactment.

Long before the official designation in 2021, the Black Canadian community has marked this day in a variety of ways. With recent events in the United States sparking a wave of protests around the world, it is interesting to learn about the history of black slavery in Canada through this article, which provides a complete picture.

In it we learn that the first slaves in Canada were Aboriginal people. The first attempts to abolish slavery took place in Lower Canada (Quebec) in the early 1800s.

Videos and teaching guides are also referenced in this article, which is based on several archival documents.

Other article on the same subject – Author: Jean Bellefeuille

Also to be discovered.