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Celebratory foods are fascinating; every community has unique foods, drinks and ingredients that speak to their culture, country of origin, access, belief system and history. While many cultures celebrate the same event, access to 'common' ingredients and tools to heat or cool items as well as cultural significance, play a role in what foods are meaningful to each community.

My partner Daniel is part American, so he grew up with a triple dose of Turkey between Canadian Thanksgiving, American Thanksgiving, and Christmas day. Growing up in a Haitian household, I was accustomed to a Soup Joumou hattrick to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, Independence Day (January 1) and Day of Victory AKA Battle of Vertiรจres (November 18). As Haiti's soup of Independence, this dish holds significance to Haitians and, for my family, was always present in times of reflection, gratitude, honour and perseverance.

Given that today marks the 219th anniversary of the Battle of Vertiรจres, I wanted to dig deeper into this monumental event and understand more about the significance of November 18 for Haitians and its impacts on BIPOC communities worldwide.

"In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the trunk of the tree of black liberty in St. Domingue. It will spring back from the roots, for they are numerous and deep."

These were the words of prominent Haitian general Toussaint Louverture when captured in 1802. Before his imprisonment and subsequent death in 1803, this revolutionary leader worked tirelessly for just over a decade to ensure all Haitians would be free from slavery. Once captured, his Lieutenant Jean-Jacques Dessalines carried out this plan to completion during the Batay Vรจtyรจ or The Battle of Vertiรจre.

Regarded as the final battle between the indigenous Haitian army and Napolean's French colonial army, The Battle of Vertiรจre occurred on November 18, 1803, near Cap-Franรงais (later renamed Cap-Haรฏtien). This day was not the first time Dessalines would defeat the French army, but it would prove to be the last. By the end of Octobe