EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a corrected version of this story. The original said the bill had passed second reading.
A Saskatchewan MP’s private member’s bill on making National Indigenous Peoples Day a holiday is moving forward.
Georgina Jolibois represents the riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.
Her bill proposes making June 21 – which is National Indigenous Peoples Day – a statutory holiday, which means it would be celebrated nationwide and would be a paid day off for employees.
The bill had first reading in the House of Commons on Oct. 24.
Jolibois, who is an NDP MP, hopes her bill will be passed in the spirit of reconciliation.
“The prime minister says that the most important relationship to him is the relationship with the First Nations, Metis and Indigenous peoples across Canada. And certainly when the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) calls for it as a national holiday, I’m pretty optimistic that it stands a good chance,” Jolibois said.
“There is an excellent opportunity here to think about what it really means when we talk about nation-to-nation.”
The bill is scheduled for second reading and debate in the House on Dec. 8.