Call to Action # 80

We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Why “Complete?”

June 3, 2021 – Bill C-5 “An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)” a bill that designates Sept. 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation passed in the Senate and received Royal Assent. The “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” is also known as Orange Shirt Day which commemorates generations of children who attended residential schools”. (CBC)

Sept. 30, 2022: Although technically complete, the reality is that 7 provinces with 79.9% of the Indigenous population in Canada DO NOT recognize Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday. (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador). Only 3 provinces and all three territories have recognized and enacted Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday. (BC, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon)

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November 27, 2023

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