Proposed new statutory holiday: National Truth and Reconciliation Day

A new statutory holiday is proposed by the government to commemorate the legacy of residential schools fulfilling a recommendation made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

If the bill is passed, the National Truth and Reconciliation Day will be on September 30. At this point it's unclear if this is going to be national statutory holiday or up to provinces and territories to adopt it and if it will apply only to federal employees or everyone. It is also not known what year will the first observation take place.

Indigenous communities oppose to using September 30 for this new proposed holiday because September 30 is when Orange Shirt Day is currently observed and the indigenous leaders feel that combining a day of celebration with a day of reconciliation is "inappropriate and disrespectful".

June 21 was considered as the alternate day for this new holiday, which is currently the National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is only ten days away from Canada Day and would make the two stat holidays too close together.

What do you think? Is it a good or bad idea to create this new statutory holiday? Is this the best way to keep alive the legacy of residential schools? Share your comments below.

It's already hard to keep track of which holiday is celebrated in what region. The National Truth and Reconciliation Day may not be adopted by every province and territory, which will add confusion to the already convoluted holiday system. Also, what rules will apply when September 30 falls on a weekend is yet to be seen.

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Posted by Kim:

Such an excellent idea!!!! What a fantastic way to acknowledge the progress we are trying to make to heal our relationship with the Indigenous people of Canada. I propose that we put the day of Reconciliation in March and the day of celebration on June 21 and make both statutory holidays for the entire country.

Posted by Lorise :

September 30 and June 21 should be considered as statutory holidays

Posted by Natalie M:

June! We need a holiday in June.

Posted by Mat:

make it in june. there is nothing in june

Posted by Karen:

I propose that we make November 11 the Stat Holiday. Only banks and government are closed on this day. Let everyone remember - and not just veterans new and old - all people that have died in the line of duty for our country: fire, rescue, police, etc. I agree that Orange Shirt day is not appropriate.

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