Yesterday the Canadian government officially proposed a new statutory holiday in September to commemorate Truth and Reconciliation and honour indigenous people in Canada. The holiday, which will be called National Truth and Reconciliation Day is set to happen on September 30th. Now many Canadians argue that the new statutory holiday should be a completely different day.
The holiday is in response to the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, which looked at the impact of residential schools in Canada. One of their proposed actions was a stat holiday to commemorate this. After some debate, the Liberal Government has now chosen September 30th, because that is already acknowledged in some communities as Orange Shirt Day to honour indigenous people.
Despite all this reasoning, Canadians actually think that if the country is getting a new stat holiday it should be a different day entirely. One of the big arguments against this new holiday is the fact that Remembrance Day isn't a national holiday yet and many Canadians think that should be our priority instead.
While Remembrance Day is marked with a day off in most Canadian provinces, it is not observed in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Because of that people are unable to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies and why many Canadians think our new stat holiday should be on November 11th instead of September 30th.
Then there are other people who don't care as much about what the holiday is actually commemorating, but also want it to be on a different day. For example in Quebec, they don't have Family Day or any other day off between New Years and Easter so many people there would rather see the new stat holiday in February instead.
Unfortunately for those in Quebec however, February was never really considered an option. The other day the Liberals had considered for the new stat holiday commemorating indigenous people was in June.
June 21st is already recognized as the National Indigenous Peoples Day but isn't often acknowledged by many Canadians since there is no day off or major ceremony. None the less, the government is not going for this option.
So far the government has only proposed this holiday, meaning it still needs to go through the House of Commons to be voted on before it becomes official.