Government Commitments

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Renaming “Discovery Day”

June 18, 2020

Discovery Day, formerly celebrated the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot in 1497. The Provincial Government has determined that it is not appropriate to refer to the June 24 holiday as ‘Discovery Day.’ Before a new name can be established, consultations must take place with Indigenous governments and organizations in the spirit of reconciliation regarding this holiday. In the meantime, the holiday will be referred to as the June holiday.