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Juneteenth, Friday June 19, celebrates the emancipation of African Americans from slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform slaves they had been freed. There have long been calls for it to be instituted as a federal holiday.

Amid nationwide anti-racism protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, the holiday takes on a renewed significance this year. Here in Canada, we continue to stand in solidarity with Black, Brown and Indigenous leaders & communities, who have been on the forefront of this work since the beginning. Learn more here.