Emancipation Day Celebration

28 July 2021 Posted by: Lake Lawn B&B News

Join us for Yarmouth’s First Emancipation Day Celebration, August 1st, 2021, 12:00pm to 2pm Yarmouth Elementary School (5 Brunswick Street)


Emancipation Day is celebrated throughout western countries that have had slavery as part of their colonial history. In Canada, the first legislative Act Against Slavery was passed in what was then Upper Canada in 1793. This was superseded by the Slavery Abolition Act of 1883.

This year, in partnership with the Town of Yarmouth and the Tri County Regional Centre for Education, you are invited you to join a celebration at Yarmouth Elementary School located at 5 Brunswick Street for a reflective celebration on Emancipation Day 2021. We invite you to bring positive energy and loving kindness on a day that recognizes the end of slavery but not the end of its impact on communities and persons alive today. On this day we celebrate by standing in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities who, notwithstanding generations of civic, economic, social and cultural contributions to the greater good, continue to bear the impact of our shared colonial history. Most importantly, the day is a call to action for those who have the power and privilege to stand against racism, discrimination and injustice in all forms.

A message from African Nova Scotian Affairs Department, Province of Nova Scotia will open the event. There will also be music, door prizes, and a barbeque. Families are welcome. Playground facilities are on site as well as reserved seating for elders from all communities.