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Canada September 30 Public Holiday Bill

Source: The House of Commons of Canada (Ottawa)
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: March 29, 2022

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, has tabled Bill C-5 which would declare September 30, a new annual non-working public holiday in Canada to be named National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

The aforementioned new annual Canadian public holiday would as a result of recommendation 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, "establish as a public holiday, in collaboration with indigenous peoples, a national day of truth and reconciliation. to honor survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains an essential part of the reconciliation process".

Recently (2020-06-21), the Premier of Canada's province of Newfoundland, Dwight Ball, had announced that his government had decided to change the name of the annual Discovery Day holiday as June Day, pending consultations with the province's Indigenous groups.

In Australia, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for its part, declared a "Reconciliation Day" public holiday, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum whose result led to amendments to the Australian constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and make them subject to Commonwealth law (2017-09-13, 2017-08-17, 2016-08-28 and 2016-06-08), though similar measures were either rejected (2017-01-27) or abandoned (2018-06-13) in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales.

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