Georgian will raise Pan-African flag to mark Emancipation Day

July 21, 2022

The Georgian College community is invited to a flag raising at the Owen Sound Campus on Wednesday, July 27 at 9 a.m. to recognize Emancipation Day.

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In March 2021, the House of Commons officially designated Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day in Canada, to mark the actual day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect across the British Empire.

What may be lesser known in our region is that Emancipation Day was first celebrated in 1836 in Owen Sound, which was the northernmost endpoint for the Underground Railroad. There has been an annual celebration since 1862 at Harrison Park called the Emancipation Festival. This year, the festival will take place July 29 to 31.

This is the first time Georgian will mark Emancipation Day and all members of the Georgian community are welcome to attend the ceremony and hear from Kevin Weaver, President and CEO, Sula Levesque, Director of the Centre for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and student Nandi Young who has been working on a special project to learn more about the Black student experience at Georgian and how to enhance supports for Black students.

The Pan-African flag will be raised at all Georgian campuses between July 27 and Aug. 3.

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