Celebrate Emancipation Day at the Museum

Enjoy great food, important conversations, live music and free admission

Friday, August 4, 2023

This event has passed.

A crowded hall of people. Partially obscured.

CMHR, Aaron Cohen

Event details

Free ticket recommended
Buhler Hall, Level 1, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Join Black History Manitoba to mark Emancipation Day, acknowledge the past and recognize the vital role played by Black communities in Canada.

This vibrant event on Friday, August 4 will feature live music, food and drinks, and the chance to reflect on the legacy of slavery in Canada.

At 6:00 p.m. enjoy a reception with complimentary appetizers and beverages.

A free concert will follow featuring live musical performances and DJ.

There is no admission to this event. The Museum offers free Friday nights, where visitors can explore all the CMHR has to offer after 5:00 p.m.

About Emancipation Day

Slavery is part of Canada’s story, but too often the stories of tens of thousands of Black and Indigenous people who were enslaved in Canada are forgotten.

In 2021, the Government of Canada established August 1 as Emancipation Day. It marks the day in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act came into force throughout the British Empire.

Learn more about this history of slavery, the long road to emancipation and the continuing racism in Canada here.

Black history and human rights

Discover Black stories, voices, struggles and triumphs. Learn about personal and collective acts of resistance and the ongoing fight for equality. Reflect on how we can work to end colonial and racist systems of repression.

 A black and white photo of a movie theatre audience. The picture is taken from the front of the theatre looking towards the back, so the faces of the audience can be seen. Potted palm trees line the walls on each side.