We stand in solidarity with the families of George Floyd (Minneapolis), Regis Korchinski-Paquet (Toronto) and Machuar Madut (Winnipeg).
BIPOC communities in the US, Canada, and worldwide are hurting from inhumane acts of racial violence. Anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and the senseless killings of our Peoples must come to an end.
UM Black Alliance recognizes and celebrates Emancipation Day. Emancipation Day commemorates the Abolition of Slavery Act, which became law on August 1, 1834. This act freed more than 800,000 enslaved people of African descent throughout the British Empire, including Canada. Since then, Emancipation Day has been celebrated on or near August 1 each year. It is an important expression of identity for the Black community, and a reminder of the continuing struggle faced by people of African descent towards a more inclusive, diverse society free of racial discrimination.
It has been 186 years since the Slavery Act was abolished and we are still fighting to dismantle systemic racism embedded in the political, economic and social structure of Canada. We are in a pivotal time for racial justice and over these past weeks and months, much of the world appears to have woken up to this truth too. As author and activist James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."