Ottawa is currently considering a new national statutory holiday dedicated to the dark history behind Canada's Indian residential schools.
The federal government has been working with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to create a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which would be set aside to reflect on the years of abuse of children at the residential schools. Perry Bellegarde, the National Chief of the AFN, told The Globe and Mail that he believes it's important for all Canadians to know about this part of their nation's history.
"It is important to have that day set aside so Canadians continually get it and will never ever forget the impact of genocide in the residential schools on Indigenous peoples."
The Department of Canadian Heritage added that the First Nations, Inuit and Métis will also be involved in the creation of the holiday to ensure that it is as meaningful as possible.
The AFN first suggested June 21 for the holiday, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day; however, the government felt that it was too close to other holidays like St. Jean Baptiste Day in Quebec and Canada Day.
Another suggestion was "Orange Shirt Day" on Sept. 30, which marked the day when children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools. The "orange shirt" references that which was worn by one Phyllis Webstad, a six-year-old native child, who was taken from her grandmother in 1973.
If passed into law, Orange Shirt Day would become Canada's sixth statutory holiday, alongside Christmas, New Year's, Good Friday, Canada Day and Labour Day.
"It's not about what an individual should be able to do with one or two doses, it's more about what we're seeing in the population as a whole especially with the vaccine coverage," he said, adding that Canada will look at things like reproduction, positivity and hospitalization rates and vaccine coverage to see if restrictions can be scaled back.
"For something like the face masks, I would say that would be probably one of the last things to go," Dr. Njoo explained. "I think it's just a good practice to keep on right until the fall until hopefully, everyone will have received hopefully two doses by September."
Recently, Justin Trudeau revealed that this year's summer can be normal if restrictions stay in place until cases go down and at least 75% of people get at least one dose. Canada is expected to have received enough doses for that to happen by then and enough by September "for every Canadian to be fully vaccinated."
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It looks like Toronto isn't ready to restore its pre-pandemic summer plans. On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that they're extending the cancellation of all city-run, in-person events up until the end of Labour Day weekend on September 6.
This includes events like the Caribbean Carnival and the CNE, which announced in February that it hoped to reopen for Torontonians this summer.
Mayor John Tory tweeted that he's working with the CNE to help them come up with a "bigger and better in-person event in 2022."
The City said that the aim of this announcement is to make it easier for organizers to predict what will happen with their events this summer. Their statement includes a list of all 24 major events that are cancelled, many of which will take place virtually for the second year in a row.
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