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national day for truth and reconciliation

In 2021, the Government of Canada officially passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which coincides with Orange Shirt Day. The holiday honours the children who "never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities," the government stated.

Though it's a federal holiday, Quebec Premier François Legault has been less than eager to extend it to the whole of the province, stating in 2021 that Quebec has enough days off.

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In a statement on Monday, Quebec Premier François Legault explained that he had reconsidered the comments he made at the National Assembly on September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

"I am well aware that in the National Assembly last week, we did not send the message of compassion and solidarity that the situation requires of us," the premier wrote in a Facebook post.

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The Quebec Coroner's Office has released its findings following an inquest into the death of Joyce Echaquan.

Although her death has been ruled accidental, the report says "the racism and prejudice Echaquan faced was certainly a contributing factor in her death" and "her death could have been prevented." The coroner who wrote the report, Gehane Kamel, also recommended that the Quebec government "acknowledge the existence of systemic racism and "make a commitment to help eliminate it."

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Despite the fact that Quebec did not recognize Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday, the streets of Montreal were filled with Indigenous leaders, activists and allies on September 30. They came together to share an important message: "Every Child Matters."

The Every Child Matters / Chaque Enfant Compte march was organized by the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal and Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL).

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While being pursued by journalists on his way out of the National Assembly on Thursday, Quebec Premier François Legault gave a short answer as to why September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, isn't a statutory holiday in the province.

"We need more productivity," the premier said in response to a journalist's question.

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Canada's new statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on September 30. The holiday "honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities."

Quebec won't be observing it as a statutory holiday, but there are some places in Montreal that will be closed.

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