Emancipation Day commemorates the abolition of slavery. It is observed on August 1 and is a day of reflection, education and engagement about the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism and discrimination.
Join the City of Mississauga as we acknowledge Canada’s painful history and address systemic racism and discrimination. You can participate in honouring the occasion by:
Attending the Pan-African flag raising organized by the City and the Black Caucus Alliance
Learning about the contributions and achievements of Black individuals in Canada
Staying informed about the City’s ongoing commitment and actions to address racism
Events and activities
Join the City in commemorating Emancipation Day.
Pan-African flag raising event
August 1, 2023 | 4:30 p.m. | Celebration Square
To honour Emancipation Day, the City will raise the Pan-African Flag at Mississauga Celebration Square(MCS). Mayor Bonnie Crombie, alongside representation from the Black Caucus Alliance, will share greetings.
Check the Mississauga Library’s reading list curated in celebration of Emancipation Day.
Canadian Black Voices
This reading list celebrates and recognizes the contributions and achievements that Black individuals have and continue to make in Canada. It includes readings that can help you better understand the important role Black people play in strengthening our society.
Find out what the City is doing to create a more inclusive, equitable and accessible environment.
Anti-Black and Indigenous Resolution 207
In 2022, the City reaffirmed its strong commitment to addressing systemic racism and discrimination by supporting policies and programs that address the inequities that racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, and in particular Black communities continue to experience in Mississauga and committing to the safety and livelihood of its Black residents, naming anti-Black racism as a pervasive threat to the safety and enjoyment of life in the city.
Black Community Engagement Report
The first Black Community Engagement (BCE) report was received by Council on April 20, 2022. The Report, entitled “First Steps: A Community Driven Report on Making Mississauga More Equitable for Black Communities,” is based on the recommendations made by Black community members during community consultations hosted by the Mayor and the Black Caucus between May and June 2021. Post consultation, these recommendations were refined and presented in a report by an independent consultant.
On Monday, July 31, the City of Mississauga will hold an educational webinar for staff to attend. The webinar is called “I Will Use My Freedom Well”: Emancipation Day and the Practice of Black Freedom in Canada. It will be led by Natasha Henry-Dixon who is an educator, 2018 Vanier Scholar, historian, and president of the Ontario Black History Society. Natasha is also a recognized curriculum consultant specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African diasporic experience.