behalf of the Members of Staff at the Jamaican High Commission, and my own family,
I extend warmest greetings and best wishes to fellow Jamaicans in Canada, as
you join in the many celebrations in commemoration of Emancipation and the 54thAnniversary of Jamaican Independence.
hundred and seventy eight (178) years ago, our forefathers, with great pride and
jubilation, welcomed new beginnings and new-found freedom, when the Emancipation
Act was enacted on 1st August 1838.
I rejoice I am a slave no more, and you
are slave no more, Jamaica is slave no more. Amen!"…. are words that echoed
in 1838 across the length and breadth of Jamaica. They are still relevant today. These words are also
timely reminders as they symbolise the arduous journey from
slavery to Emancipation as well as the journey to sovereignty and nationhood
when our Independence was attained on 6th August 1962.
have been significant moments in our history which have provided the hope, and created
the pillars, upon which modern-day Jamaica has been established.
54 also provides for reflection on the achievements made and the difficulties encountered
as a nation. As Jamaicans, however, it is imperative that we continue to reach
deep inside ourselves, building on our keen love of country and all that is
positive and uplifting about Jamaica, so that we can move our country
forward. All Jamaicans, whether at home
or in the Diaspora, have a role to play in this connection as this assists in
the furtherance of national developmental goals.
should also take pride in our strong democratic tradition as well as our creativity
and fortitude as a people. We should
also re-commit to
the continued development of Jamaica as, in so doing, we pay tribute to the
sacrifice, dedication and fervour of the fathers and mothers of our nation who worked
tirelessly for self –governance. They
also imbued in us the spirit of Independence and resilience
which has propelled so many Jamaicans to make sterling contributions across the
world. Indeed, we will have further
occasion this year to celebrate Jamaica as we wish our athletes the very best
as they represent the black, green and gold in the Rio Olympics.
year we celebrate under the theme “Let’s
Get Together and Feel Alright”. These words, from the song of the century penned by Robert
Nesta Marley OM, One Love, are a call for all of us to remember that, in
spite of differences, we are one global community. In the face of so many recent tragic events
across the world, it is also a reminder that we can celebrate diversity and
differences in a spirit of dialogue and understanding. It is also a reminder that continued unity
and togetherness will build Jamaica.
closing, I thank all Jamaicans in Canada for your sustained support of Jamaica
and the work of the High Commission. Continue
to proudly represent the black, green and gold of Jamaica in Canada.
Emancipation and Independence 54 to all!
2016 Emancipation and Independence Day Message from the Jamaican High Commissioner Her Excellency Janice Miller