BRAMPTON: Brampton City Council has proclaimed August 1 as Emancipation Day and also decided to rename Dixie 407 Sports Park to Emancipation Park in honour of the abolition of slavery.
The motion was conceived by City Councillor Charmaine Williams and endorsed by all members of Council…
Emancipation Park/ Dixie 407 Sports Park, located south of Highway 407 in Ward 7, was constructed in 2004 and includes minor and major soccer pitches, and cricket grounds. Mayor Patrick Brown and Councillors will be unveiling the new park name sign in August.
The Emancipation Month The City of Brampton is committed to celebrating Brampton’s diversity and honouring this important day and month with events throughout August. To help prevent from the spread of COVID-19, all events will be held online. For a full list of events, visit www.brampton.ca.
Virtual flag raisings took place on August 1 for Emancipation Day, ib August 6 for Jamaican Independence Day, August 22 will be celebrated for Dominican Republic Restoration Day, and August 31 for Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day. All virtual flag raising ceremonies will be available online.
Brampton’s Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit On June 10, 2020, City Council approved a Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit.
Lead by Senior Advisor, Gwyneth Chapman, the Unit will support and lead the establishment of the unit and develop its action plan on eradicating systemic antiBlack racism in Brampton. Guided by local community stakeholders, work will be centered on uplifting the social, cultural, and economic position of Brampton’s Black community.
Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton, said in a statement: “Around the world, we are witnessing a historic moment in time. People of all backgrounds are coming together to collectively confront systemic anti-Black racism. “Here in Brampton, honouring Emancipation Month and naming a City park Emancipation Park is a powerful way for us to acknowledge the past and reiterate that we stand with Brampton’s Black community.”