Emancipation Day 2021

July 15, 2021

Emancipation Day 2021

Emancipation Day 2021

Nova Scotia has officially designated August 1, Emancipation Day in recognition of the history and impacts of slavery in the province.

The following list offers a selection of resources on a range of topics that are connected to Canadian and Atlantic histories.


Emancipation Day booklist

Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada
Natasha L. Henry
Dundurn Press, 2010

Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World
Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie
LSU Press, 2011

On Juneteenth
Annette Gordon-Reed
Liveright, 2021

Slave No More
Aline Helg
University of North Carolina Press, 2019

The Hanging of Angelique: the Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal
Afua Cooper
HarperCollins, 2011

Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada
Diverlus, Hudson, Ware editors
University of Regina Press, 2020

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present
Robyn Maynard
Fernwood Publishing, 2017

North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870-1955
Sarah-Jane Mathieu
University of North Carolina Press, 2010

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander
The New Press, 2020 (10th Anniv. Ed.)

Black Canadians: History, Experience, Social Conditions
Joseph Mensah
Fernwood Publishing, 2010‎

Canada’s Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage
Marcel Trudel
Vehicule Press, 2013

A Forgotten History: the Significant Contribution of Black Slaves and Soldiers to the Building of Canada 1604-1945
Dr. Amadou Ba
Editions AB, 2021

Nova Scotia Black Experience through the Centuries
Bridglal Pachai
Nimbus Publications, 2007

Children and Teen Resources:

Talking About Freedom: Celebrating Emancipation Day in Canada
Natasha L. Henry
Natural Heritage, 2012

My Name is Phyllis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom
Afua Cooper
KCP Fiction, 2009

Chasing Freedom: a Novel
Gloria Ann Wesley
Fernwood Publishing, 2011

If this is Freedom: a Novel
Gloria Ann Wesley
Roseway Publishing, 2013


Other lists and resources:

Halifax Public Libraries YA Reads Celebrating Emancipation Day list:

Reading list from the documentary series “Enslaved” which aired on CBC Gem. The list has been compiled by Natasha Henry a notable author on the topic.

NSCAD is establishing the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery:       

Nova Scotia Public Libraries downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks (OverDrive):