"On September 30 we will remember the past, but on every other day of the year, we will fight for the rights of First Nations". - NDP MP Georgina Jolibois on her bill, C-369, making National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday.
The NDP is calling on the Federal Government to make a national statutory holiday honouring Indigenous Peoples.
This is an opportunity to set a day, from coast to coast to coast, to honour the many contributions Indigenous Peoples have made to this land and reflect on the many challenges they still face today.
"Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem; it is a Canadian one". - Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to create a statutory holiday, Bill C-369 seeks to bring a sense of hope to Indigenous communities in Canada by honouring residential school survivors, their families and their communities.
A statutory holiday would offer a public opportunity to better understand, and ensure, that Canadians recognize our common history, and the legacy of the Treaty relationship which remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
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