Bills to commemorate Orange Shirt Day and Louis Riel pass final vote in Manitoba

WINNIPEG-A bill to make Orange Shirt day a statutory holiday in Manitoba has passed its final vote in the legislature. The bill will ensure that workers under provincial jurisdiction get a day off, or holiday pay if they work, every Sept. 30. The day, also known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commemorates Indigenous children who attended residential schools. The day is already a statutory holiday for federally regulated workers and employees in some other provinces such as British Columbia. The legislature also passed a bill to designate Metis leader Louis Riel as Manitoba’s honorary first premier. Both bills are scheduled to come into effect Thursday after receiving royal assent by the lieutenant-governor. The bills were a campaign promise of the New Democrats and Premier Wab Kinew, whose…

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