Panel Discussion – Emancipation Day: Fighting on for Freedom

August 4, 2021, 2pm - 4pm

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Emancipation Day: Fighting on for Freedom

This event is organized by the Racialized Visible Action Committee (RVAC) with the collaboration of PSAC-NCR members. The PSAC-NCR Racially Visible Action Committe (RVAC) invites you to attend a Zoom meeting August 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


On March 24, 2021, Members of Parliament in the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada.

The purpose of this event is to recognize the importance of Emancipation Day by reviewing the history of Emancipation Day and how this continues to shape the future of Canada.


Emancipation Day: Fighting on for Freedom.

Emancipation was the culmination of the struggle for human status and equality under the law. Although The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 abolished slavery throughout most of the British Empire, it did not end slavery. Similarly, even though full emancipation was finally achieved on July 31, 1838, this too did not end racial inequality. Slavery, in all its forms, has been at the center of worker rights. This will be an event not to be missed!


This event is open to anyone who wants to end racism and discrimination in Canada.


2:00 to 2:05 pmWelcome by poet Jamaal Jackson Rogers
2:05 to 2:15 pmLand acknowledgement
2:15 to 2:25 pmThe Moderator, TBD, will open the session with administrative technical details, provide an overview of the proposed session, explain the door prize draw, and introduce the panelists.
2:25 to 2:55 pmThe guest speakers will have 8-10 minutes each.Rosemary Sadlier, Former President of the Ontario Black History Society from 1993 to 2015. As president, she contributed to the recognition of Black history through education, research, and outreach programs. She also fought for the recognition of Emancipation Day.Professor Issac Saney, Director, Transition Year Program, Dalhousie University. He is scholar on the Black experience in Canada and the author of the widely acclaimed book Cuba: A Revolution in MotionAkwatu Khenti (PhD) Human Rights Educator and Afrocentric Historian. He is a scientist in CAMH for Mental Health Policy Research, an educator, a facilitator, write and policy analyst. 
2:55 to 3:05 pmPoem by Jamaal Jackson Rogers
3:05 to 3:10 pmThe moderator will remind the audience on how to proceed when asking a question.
3:10 to 3:50 pmModerated discussion.
3:50 to 4:00 pmThe moderator will thank the guest speakers, announce the winner of the virtual door prize, and close the session.

Please join us on August 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. 

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