OTTAWA – In March 2021, the House of Commons voted to recognise August 1, the day slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, including the territories that came to be known as Canada. Slavery of trafficked Africans was introduced by colonists into these territories in the 1600s, and the practice of slavery was also inflicted on Indigenous Peoples and continued for hundreds of years until it was abolished on August 1, 1834.

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