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Emancipation Day (Canada)

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This marks the day in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect, abolishing slavery in the British Empire. It has been celebrated by various Canadian communities, especially in the province of Ontario, as well as by several other former Commonwealth countries, for years. The Canadian government first officially recognized this as a national observance in 2021, although it is not on the statutory list of holidays (not a public holiday).