3rd Session, 42nd Legislature

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Bill 232


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(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS the British Parliament abolished slavery in the British Empire as of August 1, 1834;

AND WHEREAS slavery existed in British North America prior to its abolition in 1834;

AND WHEREAS abolitionists and others who struggled against slavery, including those who arrived in Upper and Lower Canada by the Underground Railroad, have historically celebrated August 1 as Emancipation Day;

AND WHEREAS it is important to recognize the heritage of Manitoba's people of African descent and the contributions that the Black community have made and continue to make to Manitoba;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Emancipation Day


In each year, August 1 is to be known throughout Manitoba as Emancipation Day.

C.C.S.M. reference


This Act may be referred to as chapter E68 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force


This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill proclaims August 1 of each year as Emancipation Day.