Statement from Brad Johns, PC Critic for African Nova Scotian Affairs and MLA for Sackville-Beaver Bank:

Sunday, March 21, 2021 will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

I am proud to announce as the PC Critic of African Nova Scotian Affairs, that I will be introducing legislation on Tuesday, March 23 proclaiming August 1 of each year as Emancipation Day in Nova Scotia. I had intended to introduce this legislation during the fall session of the Legislature, but it did not sit.

Emancipation Day recognizes not only when slavery was abolished in Canada and other British colonies (Aug. 1, 1834), but also acknowledges African Nova Scotian peoples’ continued struggles against racial discrimination and injustices. Those injustices continue today, and are all too often not recognized, acknowledged or discussed in our everyday lives.