Call to Action # 80: Actions and Commitments

Provinces/Territories Opposed to the National Day


September 9, 2021


Provincial opposition to Bill C-5 “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” as a statutory holiday

Those provinces who will not recognize Sept 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as a statutory holiday:

Province/
Territory
Indigenous
Population
Party in PowerDateComment
Alberta258,640ConservativeAlberta told CTV Edmonton it won’t legislate the holiday, but that provincial government flags will be lowered.
Saskatchewan175,015ConservativeOct. 3, 2018There are no plans to make changes to the province’s employment act to make Sept. 30 a public holiday for workers in provincial workplaces
Ontario374,395ConservativeSept 8, 2021Ontario Public Service employees will be observing a day of commemoration, similar to Remembrance Day and Easter Monday,” said spokesperson Curtis Lindsay (Toronto Star)
Québec182,890ConservativeQuebec Premier Francois Legault said in June there were no plans to add a statutory holiday. That position hasn’t changed, said Mathieu Durocher, spokesman for Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafreniere.
New Brunswick29,380ConservativeIndicated they would not be observing the holiday at a provincial level
Nfld. & Labrador45,725LiberalSept. 9Indicated they would not be observing the holiday at a provincial level
1,066,04564% of the Indigenous population in Canada

Yukon said in a news release that it will be working with First Nations, businesses and communities over the next few months on how to best mark the day with respect and compassion.


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