FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement in Support of Motion M-36
OTTAWA (March 24, 2021) – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) enthusiastically supports Motion M-36; a motion to recognize Emancipation Day nationally. Although August 1st, 1834 marks the abolition of slavery throughout the British empire, recognizing Emancipation Day is about honouring those who fought tirelessly for their freedom.
Acknowledging this important day is the first step to increased awareness and education on the continued violence and oppression faced by Black Canadians. Despite the abolition of slavery, the lived realities of discrimination and systemic racism are perpetuated, still, by Canada’s deep roots of colonial violence, assimilation, and slavery.
CASW applauds the work of advocates and elected officials who contributed to the recognition of this historic day. In order to work towards racial justice, historical injustices must be acknowledged. CASW encourages Social Workers to step into their responsibility to advocate for reparations as we acknowledge our history.
Commemorating Emancipation Day will not only highlight the incredible work of countless Canadians so far, but also the continued work needed to realize equality and justice for Black people worldwide.
For more information contact:
Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW