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Canada Mulls June 21 Public Holiday Extension

Source: The Government of Yukon (Whitehorse)
Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015


The Legislative Assembly of Canada's Yukon Territory has unanimously voted to add a new annual non-working public holiday, National Aboriginal Day on November 21, to "recognize the contributions of Yukon's indigenous peoples, and support efforts at reconciliation and understanding between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people".

Yukon MLAs voted unanimously in favour of the aforementioned motion, but amended it to allow for popular consultation, before it becomes law. Yukon Government Community Services Minister, Currie Dixon, says that will take time, so it's unlikely that this new, November 21, National Aboriginal Day, annual non-working public holiday will be observed in Canada's Yukon Territory before 2017.

Yukon would then join Canada's Northwest Territories, which have observed National Aboriginal Day as a statutory non-working public holiday, for the past 15 years (2001-11-07).


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