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e-4167 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Vanessa Fells from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Canada, as part of the British Empire, actively participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the enslavement of African People;
  • Systemic anti-Black racism exists in Canada today;
  • Black Canadian lives matter;
  • Nova Scotia is the birthplace of Black history in Canada dating back to 1605;
  • African Nova Scotians are a distinct people who continue to make contributions to all aspects of life in Canada;
  • The United Nations declared 2015-2024 the International Decade of People African Descent and called for nations to acknowledge and apologize for the suffering of the enslavement of African People;
  • The UN Working Group recommended during their trip to Canada, that an apology be issued included for enslavement, related 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 Government of Canada has provided apologies for atrocities to numerous groups including Indigenous, Japanese, Ukrainians, LGBTQ2+, Chinese. However, Black Canadians have been left out. This is unacceptable.
We, the undersigned, Citizens 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, create legislation to recognize Black Canadians as a unique group of Canadians, recognize African Nova Scotians as a distinct people and renew Canada’s commitment to addressing the generational effects of enslavement, segregation, and systemic anti-Black racism.
Open for signature
November 8, 2022, at 8:28 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 8, 2023, at 8:28 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Andy Fillmore
Liberal Caucus
Nova Scotia
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