A private members bill submitted by a northern Saskatchewan MP on making National Indigenous Peoples Day a national holiday is gaining some traction.
Georgina Jolibois is proposing making June 21 a statutory holiday meaning it would be celebrated nationwide and be a paid day off for employees.
Jolibois, who represents the riding of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River is hoping the bill will be passed in the spirit of reconciliation.
Her bill proposes making June 21 — which is National Indigenous Peoples Day — a statutory holiday, which means it would be celebrated nationwide and would be a paid day off for employees.
The bill passed second reading in the House of Commons on Oct. 24.
Jolibois, who is an NDP MP, hopes her bill will be passed in the spirit of reconciliation.
“The prime minister says that the most important relationship to him is the relationship with the First Nations, Metis 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.
“There is an excellent opportunity here to think about what it really means when we talk about nation-to-nation.”
The bill is scheduled for debate in the House on Dec. 8