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A demonstration in support of Black lives is scheduled to take place in Vancouver next month.
On Saturday, August 1, Black Vancouver will host a peaceful Emancipation Day protest. The event follows three protests that took place in Vancouver in June, calling for an end to police brutality, anti-Black racism, and injustice following George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.
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August 1 is not officially Emancipation Day recognized outside of Ontario as Emancipation Day, a date commemorating the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. This legislation ended chattel slavery throughout the British Empire, coming into effect on August 1, 1834, in Britain, Canada, and several other colonies, and 1838 in the Caribbean and elsewhere, according to the Royal Common Wealth Society.
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“Celebrating Emancipation Day helps us to remember that all people deserve to be treated fairly and with respect,” Black Vancouver said on its website. “As we celebrate the Black cultural impact/culture of Vancouver we acknowledge that though there is much change needed in many places, we cannot forget the ones in our very own city as well.”
The protest will be at The Olympic Cauldron at 12 pm. In addition to participating, organizers are asking that people wear dark, non-branded clothing, and to wear masks, gloves, and practice social distancing while at the event.
When: Saturday, August 1
Time: 12 pm
Where: The Olympic Cauldron