Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Georgina Jolibois has tabled a private member’s bill that would make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday across the country.
Jolibois, who tabled the bill on Thursday, said in a statement:
“Having the day considered as a statutory holiday will further ensure the public’s recognition of this history, legacy and the Treaty relationship which remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
National Aboriginal Day, which was established in 1996, takes place every June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice.
Though it’s meant as a day to celebrate the heritage and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, it wasn’t until 2001 that the Northwest Territories recognized the day as a stat holiday.
Jolibois is the NDP’s deputy critic for Indigenous affairs.