Yesterday Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau declared August 1 Emancipation Day to acknowledge the painful history of slavery in Canada and other parts of the world, and to recommit ourselves to building a more just, inclusive, and equal society for all.
A September 2022 poll by Leger for the Association for Canadian Studies reveals that most Canadians either don’t know (29%) or don’t believe (32%) that slavery was ever legal in Canada. Some 39% of Canadians surveyed correctly believe that slavery was once legal in Canada. Detailed demographic results are provided in this report. The survey was conducted by the firm Leger for the Association for Canadian Studies during the first week of September 2022 with 1565 Canadians.
The ACS addresses the major public policy issues of the day by increasing Canadians’ knowledge of their country and providing platforms for cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary exchanges about the country’s past, present and future.
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