NDP CALLS FOR NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY TO BE A STATUTORY HOLIDAY

OTTAWA — The Member for Abitibi-Témiscamingue Christine Moore said today she supports the initiative of NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Georgina Jolibois, who introduced a bill calling on the government to recognize and honour the Indigenous Peoples living in Canada by making National Aboriginal Day a national statutory holiday.

“National Aboriginal Day is already a statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, and we want to extend it to the rest of Canada,” said Moore.

“National Aboriginal Day is a day to honour the many contributions of the Indigenous Peoples of this land and an occasion to reflect on the many challenges Indigenous Peoples still face today,” said Jolibois. This bill is inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission call to create a statutory holiday to honour residential school survivors, their families and their communities.

“We have a national holiday in Quebec that gives us an opportunity to remember Quebec’s history. I think we need to have the same day for Indigenous Peoples to talk about living conditions, history and the rich culture of our country’s First Peoples,” said the Member for Abitibi-Témiscamingue. “This is a small measure that could do a lot for cross-cultural communication,” said Moore.

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