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Emancipation Day STC

Emancipation Day STC

Matter of Black and Blackowned905 – a group of young community members presented Emancipation Day STC an important day in our history.

Emancipation Day is a day to celebrate the Slavery Absolution Act of 1834, marking the end of those enslaved throughout the British empire.  It’s a day for celebration, reflection, education and to recognize the history and contributions of our black community.

St. Catharines was known for the ‘Big Picnic’ bringing crowds of as many as 8,000 to Lakeside Park to celebrate Emancipation Day. The event was organized by the Universal Negro Improvement Association – to foster greater solidarity and pride among members of the Black Canadian community.

While this year we couldn’t  gather in large crowds in person – we did celebrate virtually with free online events to bring back a piece of history that once celebrated Black culture and united St. Catharines and beyond.  Check out the live stream video for the robust program of speakers and performances celebrating black culture & business in St. Catharines. 

Thank you to Matter of Black & Blackowned905 for putting together an educational and interactive day.   Special mention to Jaida for the great Social Media takeover of my channels and amplifying Emancipation Day. You did an amazing job with all the content that you presented.

Top L to R: Natasha Bell, Rachel Edralin, Erica Williams, Erica Smith, Mutsa Charamba and Jaida Steenhuis. Note: Bawe Nasme, missing from photo


Thank you to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Team for their assistance with tech, streaming, promotion and programming.