July 30, 2021, Peace Park at Cane Parkway, Newmarket, (Alicia Katsavos)
On behalf of the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association, I would like to thank you all for joining us to celebrate Emancipation Day in Canada. Thanks to MP Van Bynen and Paul de Roos for your words of support. Mayor John Taylor, and The Town of Newmarket, your leadership is inspiring. Thank you for your allyship and actions that continue to move us forward.
As proud Canadians, we share this country’s past, and together we can commit to acknowledge the history of enslavement of Black people and enduring colonialism. We can take the steps forward to break down the systems of oppression that still exist.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, where we can only be human together” - Desmond Tutu
This flag recognizes our history of survival, our resilience and our continued fight for human rights and equality. Here, in The Town of Newmarket, our remarkable community of Black people and allies, will continue to embody this spirit of hope and change. For us, this flag flies in our hearts everyday.