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Join OPL for Emancipation Day activities in Oakville

August 1 is Emancipation Day, a day on which we celebrate the strength and perseverance of Black communities in Canada.

Join Oakville Public Library, in part the Town of Oakville, Oakville Museum and the Bronte Historical Society, to join guided tours of Bronte Harbour or Kerr Village and explore sites related to Oakville’s Black heritage, leading up to Emancipation Day.
Register for the Bronte bike tour taking place Sunday, July 30 from noon to 1:30 pm or the Kerr walking tour taking place Sunday, July 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Registration is required for these free events. Learn more on the Town of Oakville website.
Each August 1, Canadians are invited to reflect and engage in the ongoing fight against both anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and discrimination. In 2008, Ontario declared August 1 as Emancipation Day, the day Canada abolished slavery and throughout the British Empire in the mid-19th century. The day also recognizes Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as a port of entry to Canada. 

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