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Chile Mulls Indigenous Peoples Public Holiday Update

Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile)
Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: June 17, 2021

The Chilean members of parliament Cristina Girardi (PPD), Emilia Nuyado (PS), Andrea Parra (PPD) and Marcela Hernando (PR), have introduced a bill which would declare June 21 as a new annual non-working public holiday celebrating Chile's native people ("proyecto de ley para declarar feriado el 21 de junio de cada año como el Día Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas").

This is not the first time that the idea surfaces of declaring a new annual public holiday in Chile for indigenous people.

Earlier this year (2019-06-24), the President of the Chilean Senate, Jaime Quintana, had sent a letter to the apostolic administrator of Santiago, asking him to consider replacing one of the 8 Catholic public holidays of Chile, with a new annual public holiday in Chile dedicated to the indigenous peoples of Chile, while, a decade ago, a bill had been introduced in Chile's legislative assembly to make June 24, the indigenous Mapuche New Year, a public holiday throughout Chile (2007-07-06).

Due to opposition to a new annual public holiday in Chile, from the Chilean business community, that proposal was morphed into the replacement of the annual Día de la Raz public holiday of Chile, into a June 24 public holiday to coincide with the Mapuche Indian new year (We Tripantu) and to be called the "Día de los Pueblos Originarios" (2007-12-12 and 2009-10-08).

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