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Emancipation Day March

01aug1:00 pm6:00 pmEmancipation Day March1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Event Details

Black Vancouver is hosting the Emancipation Day March on August 1, 2020. Organized by Vancouver-based Nova Stevens and Shamika Mitchell, The Emancipation Day March will take place at Jack Poole Plaza at 1pm. The march route will begin from Jack Poole Plaza, heading south along Thurlow Street, west on Beach Avenue, and will complete at Sunset Beach Park.

August 1 marks Emancipation Day in Kanata (Kanata is an indigenous Canadian word meaning "village" or "settlement"). The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834, and thus also in Canada. Emancipation Day is a day to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Canada.

Following the march, a stage will be set up at Sunset Beach Park where Black artists and speakers will be performing and addressing the crowd. Black-owned businesses will also be at the site to showcase local Black culture, soul food and more. Those wishing to participate in the march are reminded to take COVID-19 precautions and to wear masks, socially distance, and monitor for possible symptoms in the two weeks after.



(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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