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NDP MP calls for National Aboriginal Day to be stat holiday

MP Georgina Jolibois said day would be opportunity to celebrate Indigenous cultures.

NDP MP MP Georgina Jolibois speaks during a press conference at the House of Commons on June 14, 2017. Jolibois has introduced a private member's bill that would make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday

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NDP MP MP Georgina Jolibois speaks during a press conference at the House of Commons on June 14, 2017. Jolibois has introduced a private member's bill that would make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday

An NDP MP wants Canadians across the country celebrating National Aboriginal Day next week and in future years she wants them doing it as a statutory holiday.

MP Georgina Jolibois said making the day a statutory holiday would celebrate Indigenous culture and help Canadians reflect on our shared history.

“This recognition is necessary for reconciliation and for a renewed and sincere Nation to Nation relationship.”

Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette introduced a petition in the house earlier this year calling for the same change. The day falls on June 21 each year and making it a holiday was also a recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Jolibois said she believes the government wants a renewed relationship with Indigenous people and hopes they will support this idea.  

“When I hear the words nation to nation from the Prime Minister, those words resonate in my heart. Those words resonate with our elders and youth throughout Canada.”

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