Last year, it was proposed that Canada could be getting a new statutory holiday. Now, it looks like the new national holiday will be put on pause for the foreseeable future.
The bill designated to propose September 30 as National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is reportedly "expected to die in senate". It looks like the new holiday won't be in effect this year as many Canadians initially expected.
Recent reports from CTV News claim that bill C-369 proposing the holiday will not likely pass in Senate, according to Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez' office. The minister's office also told CTV News that the conservatives are to blame for not getting the bill passed last Friday.
According to the office, instead of creating the holiday, the government will reportedly fund "local Indigenous events" on that day. They did not give any information on whether or not the bill will be pushed forward in the future.
Bill C-369 will likely be on pause until at least next year. If it's introduced in the Senate again, it will have to go through another review process.
Last August, Narcity reported that the federal government was working with the Assembly of First Nations to create the new national holiday. The holiday was proposed to recognize the genocide and abuse of aboriginal peoples in Canada.
The holiday was proposed to replace Orange Shirt Day on September 30, which is currently a holiday that recognizes the abuse of aboriginal children in Canadian schools.
Last fall, the government pushed the bill forward despite some backlash and controversy from Canadians. Many believed that Remembrance Day should become a statutory holiday first before any new holidays, while others were surprised that there wasn't already a statutory holiday in honour of aboriginal peoples in Canada.
If the bill is passed in the future, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will become Canada's eleventh statutory holiday. This would be in addition to Christmas, Canada Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Family Day, Civic Day, Victoria Day, Thanksgiving Day, Boxing Day and Labour Day.