Prominent Canadians back petition to rename Victoria Day to honour aboriginals

A group of certain Canadian actors, writers and politicians is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to change the name of
Victoria Day.

The group – which includes author Margaret Atwood, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and actor Gordon Pinsent – has signed an online petition to rename this Monday’s public holiday “Victoria and First Peoples Day.”

Peter Keleghan, an actor and spokesman for the group, says the name would provide a chance to honour both the Crown and the indigenous peoples of Canada.

He says it would help create a better understanding of the various peoples who helped shape Canada.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated every year on June 21 but it’s not recognized as a national holiday.

Victoria Day marks the birthday of Queen Victoria and is celebrated every year on the last Monday before May 25.

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Quebec celebrates National Patriots’ Day on the same day, to honour the rebellion against the British in 1837.

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