Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 80: Commemoration (79-83)

Provinces honouring the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” as a statutory holiday

September 16, 2021

Updated: Feb. 7, 2023

Province/
Territory
Indigenous PopulationParty in powerDateComment
Manitoba237,190NDPNov, 27, 2023Giving workers under the province’s jurisdiction the day off would allow them to remember the impact of the residential school system on Indigenous children, Premier Wab Kinew said.
BC290,210NDPFeb. 7 2023Premier David Eby says his government is taking the important step to enshrine the day in law to acknowledge the wrongdoings of the past, and to take meaningful action toward reconciliation.
New Brunswick33,295ConservativeSept. 22, 2022“We are taking this step to recognize the importance of honouring First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors and their families and communities,” said Premier Tim Houston.
PEI3,385ConservativeSept. 9What a better place than the Birthplace of Confederation to, in partnership with Indigenous people, help move forward the path towards real and lasting reconciliation,” said Senator Brian Francis. 
NWT20,040ConsensusAug. 26Issued an order to mark September 30th a holiday for the territory’s public service, commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Nunavut31,390ConsensusSept. 16Sept. 30 to be recognized as a statutory holiday throughout Nunavut in 2022. Need to amend Nunavut’s Public Service Act, Legislation Act and Labour Standards Act
Yukon8,810LiberalOct. 6, 2022Sept. 30 will become a statutory holiday on 2023
624,32034.5% of the Indigenous population in Canada