New Exhibit Profiles Ontario's Early Black History



    200th Anniversary Commemorations Of The Abolition Of The Slave Trade Act
    Leave Lasting Legacy

    TORONTO and DRESDEN, ON, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - A traveling exhibit called
Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada will leave a lasting legacy for the McGuinty
government's year-long commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the 1807
Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.
    Developed in collaboration with the Archives of Ontario, the exhibit
introduces us to abolitionists and lawmakers, and tells the stories of the
enslaved Africans who fought for freedom for all.
    "This year has been an opportunity for Ontarians to learn about a little
known part of our province's history," said Ontario's Minister of Citizenship
and Immigration, Michael Chan. "This exhibit will help ensure this history is
not lost to Ontarians today and in the future."
    "I'd like to thank the Ontario government for supporting this important
initiative," said Dr. Jean Augustine, Chair of the Ontario Bicentenary
Commemorative Committee on the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. "This exhibit
is an important legacy for the people of this province. It honours the courage
and contributions of enslaved African Canadians and their descendants."
    The exhibit will be on display at Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden from
December 13 to February 29. It will then travel to historic sites across the
province, including stops at the Ontario Heritage Trust in Toronto in December
and January, at a University of Ottawa conference in March, and at the Greater
Sudbury Public Library from April to the end of May.
    The Ontario government has invested $1 million in community-based
initiatives to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 1807 Abolition of the
Slave Trade Act. Highlights include:

    
    -   Providing Roots of Freedom grants to 33 community organizations to
        develop and implement projects that educate Ontarians about the
        history of slavery in the province.
    -   Sponsoring the three-day Sankofa Youth Conference, which brought
        nearly 100 youth from across Ontario together to learn and discuss
        the history of slavery and the abolition movement in Ontario
    -   Establishing the Ontario Bicentenary Exhibit at 880 Bay Street in
        Toronto, which includes displays and information on the transatlantic
        slave trade, slavery in Ontario and the steps taken to end slavery.

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For further information:

For further information: Daphne Shih, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460;
Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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