Canada's New Statutory Holiday Is Cancelled
A bill to designate September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconcilation, an occasion to recognize the role of the government of Canada and Canadian settlers in the genocide of indigenous people,is projected to not become law in its current form, according to CTV.
Though the bill was initially forecast to passand, in fact, had already passed in the House of Commons and survived multiple readings in the Senate, the upcoming adjournment of the Senate will mean that it will be put on hold until at least next year.
If a minister introduces it again, the bill will have to go through the laborious review process in the next session.
NDP MP Georgina Jolibois first introduced the bill with an aim to "give space and time for the government to reflect on its failures and remind itself why it so important to work for and with indigenous people every other day of the year," she said in a floor speech.
"Progress will take time, but through my bill, we are taking the time to make progress and are moving forward."
The new holiday would have replaced Orange Shirt Day, a day to commemorate victims and survivors of the residential school system in Canada.
According to OrangeShirtDay.org, "the date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year."
Learn more about Orange Shirt Day by watching the video below:
As we earlier reported, Jolibois had "expressed [concern] about how the government will be honouring this holiday. Yes, a holiday will be created, but it is only meaningful if the resources are provided for Canadians to truly understand what that holiday means [...] We are still waiting for answers to all of these questions."
The death of the bill in the Senate will at the very least create opportunity for further discussion about a meaningful investment in the commemorative holiday.
According to CTV, the bill is just one of many that will not progress in the Senate this term. Jolibois has yet to issue a statement on her Facebook page, where she communicates much of her progress.
Stay tuned for more news about the now-cancelled new statutory holiday.
For more information, refer to CTV News here.