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e-2764 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Vanessa Fells from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Canada actively participated in the transatlantic slave trade and enslavement of African People;
  • Systemic anti-Black racism exists in Canada today and is directly linked to enslavement;
  • Black Canadian Lives Matter;
  • The Province of Nova Scotia is the birthplace of Black history in Canada dating back to 1605, the origin of African enslavement in Canada;
  • African Nova Scotians are a distinct people who continue to make significant contributions to all aspects of life in Canada;
  • The United Nations declared 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent and called for nations to acknowledge and apologize for the suffering and evils of the enslavement of African People;
  • The UN Working Group's recommendations during their trip to Canada included an apology for enslavement historical injustices and to legally recognize African Canadians as a distinct group;
  • The Government of Canada has thus far failed to acknowledge and apologize for Canada’s role in the enslavement of African People and their descendants; and
  • The failure of the Senate to pass Bill S-255 and officially recognize August 1 as Emancipation Day to commemorate the abolition of slavery.
We, the undersigned, African Canadians, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to pass a resolution for the Government of Canada to apologize for Canada’s role in the enslavement of African People and their descendants, publicly acknowledge Black Canadians as a distinct people, recognize August 1 annually as Emancipation Day and renew Canada’s commitment to addressing the generational effects of enslavement, segregation and systemic anti-Black racism.
Open for signature
July 29, 2020, at 9:04 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 28, 2020, at 9:04 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Andy Fillmore
Liberal Caucus
Nova Scotia
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