This Wednesday, a Private Members Bill goes through second reading in the House of Commons, calling for National Aboriginal Day on June 21st to be declared a national statutory holiday.
The MP for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill in Northern Saskatchewan is the force behind the bill. Georgina Jolibois is also the NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs. She says the idea arose from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's idea to make the day a stat. holiday. She says, in the last federal election, both the NDP and the Liberals talked about nation-to-nation relationships and this would be a step in that direction. Jolibois says reaction from people across the country has been very favourable. If the bill makes it through second and third readings, it would then go to the Senate. The bill goes to second reading on Wednesday February 14th.