OTTAWA – Today, M.P. Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre) introduced petition e-607. The petition calls upon the House of Commons to designate June 21st of each year as a legal holiday. Making this day a legal holiday would solidify the original intent of National Aboriginal Day as a day for Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
“This day would serve to create and strengthen opportunities for nation building for Indigenous peoples and the ideal of reconciliation among Canadians,” said Robert Falcon. “There have been many groups that have called upon federal, provincial and territorial governments to recognize June 21st as a legal holiday to recognize the true history of our nation.”
The full text of the e-petition can be found at: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-607