A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown.

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The unique festival creates bridge that cover up social, cultural, and economic gaps by sharing music, dance and ethnic food.

During the festival days the visitors can enjoy: The festival's program, venue, lineup information show time / schedule of events, how to get, parking etc, is present in the festival's link website below, under "Event Related Information" section.

In 1804, Haiti, with its overwhelmingly African population and leadership, became the second nation in the Americas to win independence from a European state.

During the 19th century, continuous waves of rebellion, such as the Baptist War, led by Sam Sharpe in Jamaica, created the conditions for the incremental abolition of slavery in the region by various colonial powers.

This increasing demand for African labour in the Caribbean was in part the result of massive depopulation of the native Taino and other indigenous peoples caused by the new infectious diseases, harsh conditions and warfare brought by European colonists.

By the mid-16th century, the slave trade from Africa to the Caribbean was so profitable that Francis Drake and John Hawkins were prepared to engage in piracy as well as break Spanish colonial laws, in order to forcibly transport approximately 1500 enslaved people from Sierra Leone to San Domingo (modern-day Haiti and Dominican Republic).The festival that is a celebration for all the people regardless their backgrounds.It is organized by the non-profit organization, Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC), with support from Canadian Heritage and TD Bank.On Saint-Domingue, free people of color and slaves rebelled against harsh conditions, and constant inter-imperial warfare.Inspired by French revolutionary sentiments that at one point freed the slaves, Toussaint L'Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines led the Haitian Revolution that gained the independence of Haiti in 1804, the first Afro-Caribbean republic in the western hemisphere.Many Afro-Caribbeans also have non-African ancestry, such as European, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern and Native American, as there has been intermarriage over the centuries.