Next summer just got a little cooler, as Canada might just be celebrating a brand new holiday – and quite an important one at that!
Thanks to the CBC, we know that Georgina Jolibois, a Saskatchewan MP representing Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River just presented a bill to declare June 21 – otherwise known as National Indigenous Peoples’ Day – into a national statutory holiday. Already celebrated as a statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, this bill would bring the celebrations coast to coast, and be a paid day off for workers across the country.
How rad is that? The bill just passed a second reading last week and is now scheduled for debate December 8th. The hopes are that it’s quickly passed in the spirit of reconciliation, Jolibois said.
“The prime minister says that the most important relationship to him is the relationship with the First Nations, Métis and Indigenous peoples across Canada. And certainly when the TRC [Truth and Reconciliation Commission] calls for it as a national holiday, I’m pretty optimistic that it stands a good chance,” said Jolibois.
Hit them with that truth Georgina! The country has been moving toward properly recognizing and celebrating the culture and contributions of our First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people and having a proper stat holiday could be a great step forward.
“There is an excellent opportunity here to think about what it really means when we talk about nation-to-nation,” Jolibois finished.
Truer words have never been spoken.