The holiday will take place on September 30, a date already known as Orange Shirt Day, "an annual day to recognize and raise awareness about the residential school system in Canada, join together in the spirit of reconciliation, and honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples," according to UBC.
The announcement of the new holiday comes after the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
The Trudeau government is also facing criticism for actions towards residential school survivors.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has said Trudeau "refused to commit" to end his government's appeal of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling "that ordered billions of dollars to be paid to Indigenous children and families who were separated by the child welfare system," according to Narcity.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.
From showcasing their culture to their art, fashion, music or lived experiences, these Indigenous creators in Canada are taking over TikTok for good reason. Are you following them yet? Because, if not, you should be.
First Pow Wow in forever! Felt so good to dance in Kanehsatake (Mohawk territory) ❤️🔥✨🙏🏾 #indigenoustiktok #powwowtrail #fancyshawl
Aïcha is an AfroIndigenous Wendat dancer and creator based in Quebec who expresses her distinct style through dance, showcasing traditional Indigenous dress for powwows, as well as her passion for beadwork.
Aïcha also uses her TikTok platform to teach her 225,000 followers about Indigenous slang, derived from English words.
I was honoured to model for @scottwabano and their debut collection! #nativetiktoks #fashion #indigenousfashion #foryou #curvemodel @bnmmodels
Lesley Hampton is an Anishinaabe and Third-Culture model based in Toronto who aims to make an impact on Indigenous communities through fashion.
Hampton's brand won the 2021 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards' Fashion Impact award — and on TikTok, she said her fellow creators are collectively "shifting the industry, breaking down barriers, decolonizing fashion and rebuilding it to include ALL bodies."
Old style jingle special 😋 #indigenous #culture #jingledress
Michelle Chubb is a Winnipeg-based Nehinaw (Swampy Cree tribe and Buffalo Clan) TikTok influencer and jingle dress dancer. Chubb was showcased in Sephora's first-ever National Indigenous History Month campaign in June.
Chubb uses TikTok to stand up for Indigenous rights and showcase traditional dress, like her ribbon skirt and beaded earring collections.
Reply to @commonsenseplease2 thanks for giving me stuff to talk about with your bs #colonizerculture #colonizerscalledout #indigenoustiktok
Ashyaelizabeth is a Vancouver-based jewelry creator and TikTok influencer who's part of the Mistawasis Nêhiyawak Cree First Nation based in Saskatchewan.
She's the owner of Innerwolfjewelry and Innerwolftoothgems, showcasing her talents through Instagram as a jeweller while raising awareness for the lack of services available to remote First Nation communities via TikTok.
Kairyn Potts is a Two-Spirit comedian and Twitch streamer based in Toronto from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta.
Potts not only represents a community of Indigi-gamers on Twitch, but does so while creating Indigenous comedy on TikTok, raising awareness about Indigenous languages and shedding light on 2STok, a community of Two-Spirit creators on the app.
Kootoo Clarke's brand sells body butters, salves, balms, soaps and oils derived from Bowhead whale oil, Bearded Seal oil, Kamiik grease and Narwhal Milk. She also showcases Inuk culture on TikTok from Nunavut.