Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier
Ottawa to declare federal holiday to mark legacy of residential school system | CBC News
If the Federal Government wants to cease all non-essential services on that day, by all means, but don't impose it onto the private sector: we have enough statutory holidays, thank you very much.
There's a reason veterans oppose making Remembrance Day a statutory holiday: they want to keep it a solemn day of remembrance and not make it an excuse to have drunken parties. Perhaps we should bear that in mind when considering whether to make this new day a nationwide statutory holiday. I could agree to all levels of government ceasing all non-essential services on that day though, but leave the private sector out of this.
"The overall picture is that it is important to have that day set aside so Canadians continually get it and will never ever forget the impact of genocide in the residential schools on Indigenous peoples," Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), said in an interview with the Globe and Mail
, which first reported the government is in the advanced stages of creating the holiday.
Later, in an interview with CBC's Power & Politics
, the national chief said the day could be an occasion for nationwide educational activities to help all Canadians "learn from the past."
"It is a dark chapter. I don't call it cultural genocide of our people. I call it genocide, because that's what the residential schools tried to do ... to wipe out First Nations people."