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The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) is a passionate group of multi-culturals, dedicated towards implementing cultural education into the public and institutional mindset towards appreciating the values of inclusivity, equality, and self development while depleting bullying, prejudice and inequality on any and all levels. We are a “community” globally focused on mitigating negative relations towards all marginalized communities and individuals.

Our motto is to appreciate our individual and collective "Community, Roots and Culture".

Incorporated in affiliation with
the Ontario Historical Society

“Local Lens: Multiculturalism: Cultural Equality”

The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS), in partnership with numerous Halton community associates, are pleased to invite young people to learn about Halton’s diverse history and present innovative ways to eradicate racism, hate and bullying within Halton.

Kick-off: Friday January 26, 2024
Presentations due: Friday June 15, 2024, 5:00 p.m.

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HBHAS Emancipation Flag
HBHAS Emancipation Flag
Flag Raising Ceremony: August 1, 2024
(More information coming soon)
Freedom Celebration Festival 2022

Video and photography created by @radsportphotography

Our mission is learning, uncovering and promoting Canadian Black History towards a progressive inclusive future through annual events including the Halton Freedom Celebration: Jazz & Blues Festival, the Emancipation Art Exhibition, a HBHAS Gospel presentation, and HBHAS Presents -  speaking engagements to the public, elementary, secondary, university & college students;  businesses; youth mentoring; community groups; and, historical, genealogical and heritage organizations.

"At this moment, we all face a choice. We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration, or we can retreat in a world sharply divided and ultimately in conflict." – President Obama, United Nations General Assembly Conference


The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) logo is a bird called, "Sankofa" from the Ghanaian language.

Sankofa translates into "Reach back and get it (and bring it forward)".

This is what the HBHAS is doing with Canadian black history...
Learning - Uncovering - Promoting
towards a progressive future.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Race Relations Foundation

“Halton is the fastest growing visible minority region in Canada growing 78% within a five year span with Milton growing 176% in visible minority growth within the same time frame.” – Canada Census 2016.

“Burlington is the first city in the world to acclaim August as Emancipation Month” – 2018 Halton Freedom Celebration Festival – Dwight Lee III

“The Emancipation process started in the Burlington/Branford/Hamilton area, where two parliamentarians seeing a Joseph Brant slave screaming at her bounty hunter abductor, due to the Fugitive Slave Act in the U.S., took this incident back to Parliament initiating the Lieutenant Governor in legislating the 1793 Act against Slavery which abolished new slaves being brought into what is now Canada.; This promoted the, August 1st, 1834 British Abolition against slavery in most of the Commonwealth.”

 Video:  Halton Freedom Celebration Festival

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